- Complete annually each October.
- Make sure the social security number and name entry are identical to what is on the social security card for both student and parent, if applicable.
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The name and address used in the process must match what was reported on the prior-year tax return.
- After submitting, monitor email regularly. FAFSA and selected schools will email you for additional information that may be required before awards can be determined.
- Respond to information requests promptly.
- Priority deadlines: Check your institution's website.
The FAFSA is used by virtually all colleges, universities, and career schools for the awarding of federal student aid and most state and college aid.
The official FAFSA is at www.studentaid.gov, and there are three ways to complete a FAFSA:
Applying online is generally faster and easier because FAFSA on the Web has built-in help to guide you through the application process. The schools listed on your application will receive the processed information faster.