Be sure to submit a FAFSA each year to be considered for federal and state aid. We use your FAFSA to determine your eligibility, calculate your need, award your financial aid, and prepare your financial aid notification (FAN).
When to submit your FAFSA
The FAFSA becomes available October 1 of each year, and you should submit by the priority deadline of March 10. By meeting this deadline, you’ll have the most opportunities to receive funding.
What you’ll need
Make sure you have the important pieces of information listed here. Having everything together before you start will make filling out the FAFSA easier.
To file your FAFSA, you (and one of your parents, if you are a dependent) need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This is a username and password combination that you’ll use to securely access your financial aid information and electronically sign your FAFSA.
You’ll need your tax information from two years before the academic year for which you’re seeking aid. For example, to apply for aid for the 2018–19 academic year, you’ll fill out the 2018–19 FAFSA and include your 2016 tax information.
Use the IRS data retrieval tool
When you update your FAFSA after filing your taxes, you may be able to use the IRS data retrieval tool to import your tax information directly into your FAFSA. You’ll find the IRS data retrieval tool in the financial information section of your FAFSA.
To use the tool to pull your tax information in automatically, you must:
Your status is determined by a group of dependency questions on the FAFSA. If you can’t answer “yes” to any of the questions, you’ll be considered dependent and advised to supply parental information on your FAFSA.