FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

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 you complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for fall 2016, spring and summer 2017 classes, have a copy of your completed 2015 income tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or EZ) and/or your parents' 2015 tax return and 2015 W-2 forms available as these items are needed to complete your online FAFSA. Often, tax information--especially taxes paid--is entered incorrectly and the appropriate corrections must be made later.

FAFSA Website
Register for a FAFSA ID (needed to electronically sign FAFSA).

Parents must also register for a FAFSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA.

Before completing the online FAFSA, we recommend reading these time-saving suggestions from the FAFSA website.

Then, complete the online FAFSA at https://fafsa.gov, following all instructions given. Most questions and problems can be answered or avoided by reading all of the instructions. The Department of Education (DOE) may be contacted directly at 1-800-433-3243.

For additional information or help, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov or call 1-800-433-3243.