Submit FAFSA

Submit FAFSA

Completing a FAFSA

The FAFSA application must be submitted each academic year. The application is available in October in advance of the upcoming school year. The FAFSA now uses family income information from prior, prior year (PPY). For example, the 2018-2019 FAFSA is using income information from 2016. If the family income has changed significantly since 2016, you may be able to appeal the income reported on the FAFSA. See below for more information.

Getting Started

The easiest and most secure way of completing the FAFSA is by using the FAFSA on the Web application. It takes about 30  minutes to complete. 

If you are completing the FAFSA for the first time, both the student and parent (for dependent students) will need to create an FSA ID. Informative overview video of creating an FSA ID.

Answer the questions carefully and accurately. As the student, you should complete your own FAFSA. A common mistake is for a parent to complete the FAFSA and incorrectly report their income under student earnings, this can negatively impact your eligibility. 

Transferring Tax Information

If prompted, use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer tax information from the IRS directly into the FAFSA. This ensures accuracy and significantly reduces the chance of being selected for verification. 

Signing the FAFSA

Once the FAFSA is complete, you and your and parent (if a dependent student) will need use their FSA ID to sign the application. If your parents are unwilling to sign, the amount and types of aid available to you will be very limited. In extenuating circumstances, you may submit the FAFSA without parental information and signatures if you meet the requirements for a Dependency Status Appeal, see below.