The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available January 1 for the following academic year. You must submit the FAFSA annually in order to apply for federal, state, and some institutional financial aid.
You can prepare to file your FAFSA by completing the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. This worksheet is simply a guide and is not required.
When you are ready to file your FAFSA, the quickest way is to complete the FAFSA online.
If you have technical questions about using FAFSA on the Web, call 1-800-4-FED-AID.
In order to maximize your consideration for aid, the Office of Financial Aid must receive your completed FAFSA by March 1. We recommend that you complete the FAFSA by January 31 as it can take 2-3 weeks for the Central Processor to get your application to our office. Applications received after that date will be considered for aid only if funds are available.
If you have not filed federal taxes when you are ready to complete the FAFSA, you can estimate. Use last year’s taxes (if they are similar) or your year-end pay stubs to estimate income and taxes paid.
Once you complete your taxes, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update your FAFSA. For help with this process, us the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Help Sheet. If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, update your FAFSA with accurate tax data or contact the Office of Financial Aid for further instructions.
All financial aid award packages are considered estimates until you correct your information.
Remember, our estimate is only as good as your estimate!