Episode 055

Understanding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)

In this episode, Luis talks about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, why you want to complete it, and how the process works. Luis is the founder of Build a Better Financial Future LLC. He came to the U.S. at age 11 from the Dominican Republic. Growing up in New York City Luis noticed the lack of financial literacy in his community and was inspired by his parents to work hard and pursue an education.

From participating as an FPA NexGen ambassador and host, to speaking at the CFP Board Center for Financial Planning’s Diversity Summit, Luis uses his platform to help spread financial literacy via media outreach as well as encourage younger and diverse planners to join and thrive in the industry.

He is the host of the “On My Way to Wealth” podcast, co-founder of the BlatinX (BLX) Internship Program and LatinXcellence – an initiative that seeks to bring awareness to and help close the wealth gap in the LatinX community.  Luis was named one of InvestmentNews 40 Under 40 in 2019 and Financial Advisor Magazine’s 10 Young Advisors to Watch, as well as Investopedia Top 100 Financial Advisors in 2020.


In this episode, Luis discusses the following and more:

  • What to do before you fill out the FAFSA®
  • Why you should fill out the FAFSA® even if you don’t think you qualify for aid
  • One big mistake to avoid when applying for student loans
  • What to expect once you’ve completed and submitted the FAFSA®