The Office of Financial Aid offers a variety of grant, work, and loan programs to give financial options to all families, no matter what their need or resources. You should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for both need-based and non-need-based aid at MSU. This free form is used nationwide to determine aid eligibility by collecting income, asset, and demographic data about the student and family. File for aid as early as possible. Complete the application online at www.fafsa.gov. View FAFSA Tips for more information about when to apply go to finaid.msu.edu/tips.asp.