The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used by nearly all colleges and universities to determine eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs.
Students and parents must each create an individual FSA ID before an application can be started. Click here to create a FSA ID:
The FAFSA requires information in five categories:
- Information about the student
- Information about the student’s dependency status
- Information about the student’s parents
- Information about the student’s finances
- A list of the schools that should receive the results of the FAFSA
Reminders and Resources
- October 1 is the first day you can file the FAFSA. College, state and private aid deadlines may be much earlier than federal deadlines. You should pay attention to your colleges' priority financial aid deadlines.
- For help, go to the free government website Completing the FAFSA. It has a detailed question-by-question guide to filling out the FAFSA.
- More free help can be found at FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions and Student Aid on the Web.