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29.What will your grade level be when you begin the 2017-2018 school year?
  • Never attended college and 1st year undergraduate .............................. 0.
  • Attended college before and 1st year undergraduate .............................. 1.
  • 2nd year undergraduate/sophomore .............................. 2.
  • 3rd year undergraduate/junior .............................. 3.
  • 4th year undergraduate/senior .............................. 4.
  • 5th year/other undergraduate .............................. 5.
  • 1st year graduate/professional .............................. 6.
  • Continuing graduate/professional or beyond .............................. 7.

Why are they asking this information?

Your Student Grade Level is the grade level for which you are applying for Federal financial aid, which is the upcoming academic year.

How to answer this question / fill out this section

For example, if you had just completed your “1st year /Freshman year” in full, you will select “2nd yr./Sophomore year” in the dropbox.

Additional considerations

When filling out your FAFSA, your Grade level does not mean how many years you’ve attended school/college, but rather the status of your progress within your degree or certificate program.

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