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 2019-2020 year, you can apply between October 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020
For the 2020-2021 year, you will be able to apply between Oct. 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021.
**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
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.