The FAFSA is now open online! CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE 2021-2022 FAFSA!
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.
The application will open on October 1, 2020 and you will use 2019 tax information for yourself and your parents to complete the form. Be sure to add every college you are applying to on your FAFSA and check with the colleges you are applying to for their FAFSA deadlines they will vary from college to college.
THE FAFSA PROCESS
1. Create a FSA ID for yourself with your personal email address and for a parent with their personal email address.
2. Write down the FSA ID & password so you can remember it year to year. (for both parent & student)
3. Using 2019 taxes for yourself & a parent, fill out the FAFSA and submit it.
4. In 2-3 days you will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education saying that it has been processed. You can log into your account and view your Student Aid Report, which is what will be sent to the colleges you listed on your FAFSA.
5. If you need to make a correction to your FAFSA or add a new college, you must click "Make a Correction" to update the information. You will have to resubmit your FAFSA and wait 2-3 days for it to be processed.
6. Check with your college(s) to make sure that they received your FAFSA. You may have been selected for Verification, which is a process that verifies the information on your FAFSA, and every college has different steps and deadlines for this. Your financial aid will not be procesed until you complete the Verification steps.
7. Once a college has processed your FAFSA, they will send you an award letter with any grants, loans and/or work study that you have been awarded. You will have to accept or decline any financial award given to you.