Apply for Financial Aid
What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application For Federal Student Aid. It is the form used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid including grants, loans and work-study.
When can I apply?
For the 2016–17 year, you can apply between Jan. 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.
For the 2017–18 year, you will be able to apply between Oct. 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018.
**Priority is given to early filers, and some forms of financial aid are on a first come, first serve basis.
**The FAFSA must be renewed for every academic year.
Getting a FSA ID
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) at fafsa.gov.
If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.
Gathering the Documents Needed to Apply
The FAFSA asks for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation.
Starting the FAFSA
As you start the FAFSA, keep in mind you will need to determine the following:
- Colleges and/or career schools
- Dependency status
- Parents information
- Financial Information
Signing and Submitting the FAFSA
Before your FAFSA can be processed, you’ll need to sign with your FSA ID and submit it.
Information for Signing and Submitting the FAFSA
Taking the Next Steps
You filled out your FAFSA and submitted it. What happens next?
If you need help filling out the FAFSA, use these free tools:
- Read the “Help and Hints” located on the right side of any FAFSA application page.
- Click “Need Help?” at the bottom of any FAFSA application page
- Contact the financial aid office at the college or career school you plan to attend.
- Contact a campus financial education office
School Student Financial Aid Deadlines
Schools have their own deadlines and applications for awarding student aid. Check with the school's financial aid office for information.
School priority deadlines are as follows:
|February 15||March 1|
The University of Montana-Missoula
| Dawson Community College
Flathead Valley Community College
Miles Community College
Montana State University-Bozeman
Montana State University-Billings
City College at Montana State University Billings
Montana State University-Northern
Great Falls College Montana State University
Highlands College of Montana Tech
Helena College University of Montana
The University of Montana Western