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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) API

I was asked to help put some thought into an API for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid iniative. First, what is FAFSA:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form the U.S. Department of Education (ED) requires to determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The government conducts a “need analysis” based on financial information, such as income, assets, and other family information, which you (and your parents if you are a dependent student) will be asked to provide.

I'm just getting started with this project, and as I do with all my Public / Private Sector work, I created this umbrella site for my Department of Education open data and API work, and created an individual project site just for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid API.

You can participate in the design and development process via the Gitihub repositories, and feel free to ping me @kinlane if you want to get involved. I will post stories here, and on the individual site to chronical its progress, and reference on API Evangelist when applicable.

Next up, understanding what the details of the FAFSA form are, and start considering what some possible architectural designs might work for FAFSA.

All content is licensed creative commons CC-BY and any code is available under an MIT license.

This is a work in progress, meant to understand how to best work with Department of Education data and APIs, if you have feedback leave comments below.

This site is not an official Department of Education project, Kin Lane (@kinlane) is solely responsible for its contents.



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