Reapplying for Aid

You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. You should complete your application as soon after October 1 each year as possible. Because some aid programs are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, an early application by December 1 receives priority consideration for limited funding sources.

  • You should complete the FAFSA on the Web. Students who had aid last year can use their U.S. Department of Education FSA ID username and password to access a pre-populated FAFSA online so that only items that would change (class level, income information, etc.) need to be completed for the new year along with appropriate signatures using student (and parent, when required) FSA IDs.

When completing the online FAFSA, students (and parents) are encouraged to utliize the IRS Data Retrieval to complete the income section(s). Using the retrieval process ensures your information is accurate, lessens the time to complete the FAFSA, and can speed any required verification process.

  • Students needing to complete the paper FAFSA will need to print a PDF version from www.fafsa.ed.gov or call 1-800-4-FED-AID to be mailed a FAFSA. 

To protect sensitive taxpayer data, the IRS and Federal Student Aid announced in March 2017 the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added. While they are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season (i.e., October 2017).

Until further notice, families, who have not already used the Data Retrieval Tool on this FAFSA, will need to report tax information from their own copies of tax documents when completing or updating a FAFSA and will need to request tax transcripts from IRS or supply signed copies of the appropriate tax forms if they are selected for verification.

Also, check with any agencies or organizations that offer you scholarships. Some scholarships have automatic renewal and others require an annual application.

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Use the scholarship search a couple times a year as well. Sometimes scholarships are directed to upperclass students. Don't limit the scholarship search to only your freshman year.