Understanding the FAFSA


Why should I fill out the FAFSA?

If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid! We’ve heard a number of reasons students think they shouldn’t complete the FAFSA. The reality is, EVERYONE should fill out the FAFSA! Visit Myths about Financial Aid for more information.

When do I fill out the FAFSA?

You have to fill out the FAFSA every year you’re in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid. The FAFSA becomes available in early January each year, and there are different deadlines for different programs.

How do I fill out the FAFSA?

The faster and easier way is by going to www.fafsa.gov and doing the FAFSA online.
If you need a paper FAFSA, you can download a PDF FAFSA here.

What happens after I fill out the FAFSA?

Applying is not the last step; your FAFSA has to be processed, and your college or career school will figure out how much aid you are eligible for. Find out more about what happens and how aid is calculated at: Federal Student Aid