Are you a preparer?
A preparer is anyone who charges a fee for helping you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.
If you’re a student filling out your own FAFSA form OR a relative or friend helping a student complete his or her form for free, then you’re NOT a preparer.
Typically, high school counselors, school financial aid administrators, or other mentors don’t charge a fee to help you complete your application, so they’re not considered preparers unless you paid them for their services.
If you’re charging a fee to help someone complete their FAFSA form, then you’re a preparer. Select “Yes.”