Friday, October 1, was the first day to apply for aid for the 2022-2023 school year.

For millions of students, the federal application for student aid (or FAFSA) is the first step in unlocking grants, scholarships and loans to help pay for their education. Even if you or someone in your family is toying with the idea of college next year, there are benefits to filling out this form.

There are also a few changes coming. For example, students who previously had a prior drug conviction — or male students who failed to register for selective service — would be disqualified from federal student aid. That is no longer the case. Though they’re still on the form, those questions will no longer disqualify students from free money, like Pell Grants, or from federal student loans.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.