The free, fast way to claim your financial aid.

A free service from Embark, the leading provider in online admissions.

Get ready for financial aid in one week!​

We'll guide you through completing your application as quickly as possible. Federal aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis so start and submit your application today.

Day 1

You start and complete a free application with College Cents in minutes.

Day 2

We send your application to the government, and let you know when it is ready for your signature.

Day 7

The government emails you as soon as they have your Student Aid Report with all your details ready.

Your selected schools automatically receive this information and will use it to create financial aid offers just for you.

Why use College Cents?

Our platform is free, fast, and easy to use

  • Answer only the questions you need to with our simplified application flow
  • Optionally email your parents to help you fill out their personal financial information
  • Use our auto-complete tools to look up information like school addresses for you
  • Receive a reminder next year with your draft FAFSA® ready for updates
Help whenever you need it

  •  Our support team is available around the clock to answer your questions
  • We’ve added integrated tooltips throughout the applications to answer the most frequent questions we’ve fielded to date and to point you to helpful resources
Safe and secure

  • College Cents is built by the team at Embark, trusted by universities for over 20 years with 15 million applications processed to date
  • We never sell your data to third-party marketers 

  • We follow bank-grade security procedures and ensure your data is encrypted