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.