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 online FAFSA, we strongly recommend viewing the video below and 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 and following all instructions. The Department of Education (DOE) may be contacted directly at 1-800-433-3243.
Before you complete the 2018-2019 (Fall 2018, Spring, and Summer 2019 classes) FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), have a copy of your completed 2016 income tax return (IRS Form 1040, 1040A, or EZ) and/or your parents' 2016 tax return and 2016 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.
Register for a FSA ID (needed to electronically sign FAFSA).
Parents must also register for a FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA.
For additional information or help, visit https://studentaid.ed.gov or call 1-800-433-3243.