Are you a preparer?

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.” 



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