Kick off the new school year with lessons from our Back to School 2021 collection to help students express themselves, build relationships, and stay organized.

1. Introduction to Prepare for the FAFSA

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After high school, you may choose to continue your education. Whether you decide to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, vocational school, or some other kind of professional development, paying for school can be challenging. As you consider your educational options, it’s also important to think about how you will pay for them.

There are many different ways to pay for school. Using funds from personal savings, loans, scholarships, working while in school, or some combination are all common approaches to covering the cost of tuition.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or “FAFSA,” is a free online form that you fill out to apply for financial help to pay for your education.

Types of aid the FAFSA covers include federal grants, work-study programs, state aid, and school aid.

To fill out the FAFSA, you need to gather a lot of information.

In this lesson, you will gather and organize information in a spreadsheet to make filling out the FAFSA easier.

Before you fill out the FAFSA, you will need to create an ID and a profile.

Visit the FAFSA website to do that on your own.

This lesson will help you organize your materials while you wait for your number to arrive.

As you complete this lesson, you will: Create a spreadsheet to organize documents you’ll need to complete the FAFSA, Add the names of people you’ll need to ask for important documents, Add data validation to keep track of your documents, And add links to your spreadsheet for documents and other resources saved on Google Drive.

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account. Open a new tab in your browser, and navigate to Google dot com. If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one now.

To begin, open Google Drive, create a new spreadsheet, and name it.

A spreadsheet can contain one or more sheets. Naming each sheet can help you stay organized, especially if you decide to add more sheets later on to organize college or deadline information, for example. Then, move on to the next video.

Now, it’s your turn: Log in to your Google account, Open Google Drive, Create and name a new spreadsheet And name the sheet.


  1. Log in to your Google account.
  2. Open Google Drive.
  3. Create and name a new spreadsheet.
  4. Name the sheet.