Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Complete the FAFSA here: https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Opens October 1, 2019

Things you need ready to file the 2020-21 FAFSA:

  • Student FSA ID and Password
    • Memorize and save this information; it is used year after year
    • Use an email account accessible to you after high school; it cannot be the same email account as your parent’s FSA ID and Password
  • Parent FSA ID and Password
    • Memorize and save this information; it is used year after year
  • 2018 Financial Information for Student and Parent(s) – tax return, bank statements, asset information (does not include a primary residence or 401K or IRA balances)
  • Student Social Security Number
  • Parent(s) Social Security Number
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool (found in the FAFSA, it will prepopulate some of the FAFSA data from your submitted tax forms)
    • This tool is not available if you:
      • are married, but file separately
      • file an amended return
      • have no Social Security Number
  • Time! (The good news is renewals only take about 10 minutes!)

A Few Common Questions:

  • What if my 2018 tax information does not reflect my current circumstances?
    • Complete the FAFSA with your 2015 information, and then contact the post-secondary school to see if your situation qualifies for any special considerations (e.g. divorce or death in the family, a major change in income, etc.)
  • Who is my parent?
    • Parents live together: include both on the FAFSA.
    • Parents are divorced or separated: include the parent that you lived with more during the past 12 months
      • If equal, include the parent that provided more financial support in the last 12 months
      • If equal, determine which parent to put on the FAFSA
    • If putting a parent on the FAFSA that has remarried, the stepparent’s financial information must also be included on the FAFSA.


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