DONâ€™T fill out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, without consulting â€œCommon Errors on Financial Aid Applicationsâ€ at FinAid.org. The FAFSA is not intimidating, but it is lengthy and somewhat tedious. However, for your student to be considered for financial aid it must be filled out. Submit it even if you think youâ€™re ineligible for aid, because the FAFSA is also sometimes used for scholarship consideration. Note: the â€œyouâ€ on the FAFSA is always the student.