Complete the FAFSA
FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application 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. Beginning with the 2017-2018 award year, the FAFSA is available for completion on October 1. We encourage you to complete this as early in the cycle as possible so that we can complete your financial aid package.
The FSA ID
The FSA ID allows students and parents to identify themselves electronically to access FSA Web sites. An FSA ID is made up of a username and password and can be used to log into FAFSA on the Web. While you are not required to have an FSA ID to complete and submit a FAFSA on the Web application, it is the fastest way to sign your application and have it processed. It is also the only way to access or correct your information online, or to pre-fill a FAFSA on the Web application with information from your previous year’s FAFSA. Create an FSA ID if you have not already.
How to Complete the FAFSA
If you have never completed the FAFSA before, or even if you have, the process can be somewhat intimidating. The online FAFSA provides a “Help and Hints” section on the right side of any FAFSA entry page. By following the instructions in the Help and Hints tips, you will be much more likely to avoid errors in the completion of the FAFSA.