To apply for federal student financial aid, and many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In part, the information you provide on your FAFSA determines your eligibility for financial aid.
Before completing the FAFSA, we strongly recommend viewing the video below and reading these time-saving suggestions from the FAFSA website.
Before you complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA, have a copy of your and, if applicable, your parents' 2016 tax return and 2016 W-2 forms available as these items are needed to complete your FAFSA. Often, tax information—especially taxes paid—is entered incorrectly and the appropriate corrections must be made later. If you need to get a copy of your tax information then you can do so on the IRS website.
To complete the FAFSA on the Web, students will need a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID which can be applied for online at https://fsaid.ed.gov. If parental information is required on your FAFSA then your parent will need to apply for an FSA ID as well. Then, use your FSA ID to sign in to https://fafsa.gov and complete the FAFSA on the Web following all instructions given. Most questions and problems can be answered or avoided by reading and following all instructions.
For additional information or help, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov or call 1-800-433-3243.