FAFSA

2019 — 2020

Making the choice to go back to college after taking time off can be a daunting one. Without financial aid, few could afford the current price tag on a post-secondary education.

FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is your ticket to all student aid you may be eligible for, including low-cost loans, grants, and work-study.

Whether you’re enrolling in college for the first time or a single mother returning to school, you’re highly encouraged to submit your FAFSA each year — even if you think you don’t qualify.


October 1, 2018
FAFSA Open Date
Open date for FAFSA
Use 2017 Tax Information
FAFSA Open Date
to complete the 2019—20 FAFSA
June 30, 2020
FAFSA Open Date
Federal FAFSA deadline

What is FAFSA?

Whether you’re enrolling in college for the first time or returning to school after a period of time off, FAFSA is a prerequisite to every kind of financial aid, including scholarships, PELL grants as well as student loans.

Why Do I Have to Submit FAFSA?

FAFSA is your first and most important step to getting the money you need to pay for college. And the only way to find out if you qualify is to complete and submit a FAFSA.

What is Expected Family Contribution (EFC)?

The Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, is a measure of how much money you and your family is expected to contribute to your college education for one academic year.

What Are the Deadlines for Filling Out the FAFSA?

The deadline is June 30 but may differ from state to state. In general, you should complete it no later than June 30 or file it no later than April 1 in order to meet the “priority” deadline.

What Do I Need to Fill Out my FAFSA?

To complete the FAFSA, you will need your FSA ID — which acts as your signature, and most importantly, records of income earned in the year prior to when you will start school.

FSA ID — Why Do I Need One?

FSA ID which serves as your electronic signature can be used each year to electronically apply for federal student aid and to renew your FAFSA online, if you apply last year.

Am I an Independent or Dependent Student?

Your dependency status may affect the amount of financial aid for which you’re eligible. In most cases, an independent student will qualify for more financial aid than a dependent student.

How Do I Submit my FAFSA?

Applying for FAFSA is about to get easier. For the first time, you can now complete the FAFSA form on a mobile device using the myStudentAid app. Alternatively, you may do it online through www.FAFSA.gov.

What Happens After I Submit my FAFSA?

Congratulations! You’ve finished filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid! In 3 to 5 days, you’ll receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) with your EFC.

How Do I Renew my FAFSA?

To renew your FAFSA, go to www.FAFSA.gov and and login as a returning user to access your original FAFSA, which already has your answers pre-filled using the data from the previous year.

What Happens if I’m Selected for FAFSA Verification?

Verification is a process used to ensure that certain FAFSA information is accurate. It is an important process used to ensure that the information on your report is accurate.

How Do I Make Corrections to my FAFSA?

Incorrect FAFSA can impact your financial aid eligibility. To make FAFSA corrections, Go to www.FAFSA.gov. Once login, click the link titled: Make FAFSA Corrections.

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