Some people don't file their FAFSA because they didn't know what it was. Others don't file because they think it will be too complicated and time-consuming. The fact is, it's a vital part of your college application process. You need to file it to get federal grants and loans, and most colleges won't give you any additional need-based financial aid unless you've filed it. The easiest way to turn it in and get it out of the way is to know what you need before you sit down to file it. That's why we've compiled a simple list, one with what the student needs and one with what the parent needs. Remember, you can always come to the College and Career Center and have someone there help you fill it out and turn it in!