Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)

To apply for federal financial aid, you have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Find out how to complete the form and other key information you need to know at the links below. 

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When does the FAFSA next open?

The 2024-25 FAFSA form is available now. Start your FAFSA and get the latest updates here.

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What information does the FAFSA require?

If you’re considered dependent (completing the FAFSA with your parent(s) information), you need to provide:

  • General demographic information.
  • High school and college information.
  • Federal income tax returns.
  • Current bank statements.
  • Records of investments and other assets.

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Do I need my parent’s information to fill out the FAFSA?

Most students are considered dependent when completing the FAFSA, meaning that parental information is required. Your dependency status determines whose information must be included when you fill out the FAFSA. If you’re considered independent by the FAFSA, you won’t be required to provide parental or guardian information.

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Can undocumented students complete the FAFSA?

Undocumented students, including students with temporary protected status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, aren’t eligible for federal aid. You may be eligible for financial aid from your state, college, or a scholarship provider. Reach out to the financial aid office at the colleges you’re considering. Explore alternatives to federal student aid. For additional information and some frequently asked questions, look here.

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How do I create an FSA ID?

Students who are eligible for and applying for federal financial aid and parents who are required to be listed on the FAFSA need to create FSA IDs.

To create an FSA ID you’ll need:

  • Your social security number (if you have one). .
  • Your date of birth.
  • Your full legal name (written exactly as it appears on your social security card).
  • An email address you have access to.
  • A mobile phone number (optional).
  • A mailing address

A social security number, mobile phone number, and email address can only be associated with one FSA ID. This means you can’t make multiple accounts for yourself, and if you share an email or phone number with someone, only one person can use that information to create an FSA ID.

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What happens after I submit the FAFSA?

It may take a few weeks for your selected schools to receive your FAFSA information after you submit. Keep an eye on your email to ensure you don't miss any important notifications from schools.  

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