Where do I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
What is the FAFSA?
The FAFSA is the application that students must complete to apply for federal student aid, which can be used to attend an eligible college or career school. Federal student aid includes Federal Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work-study opportunities. In addition to determining eligibility for federal student aid, many states, private organizations, colleges, and career schools rely on information from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for nonfederal sources of aid.
When is the FAFSA available?
The FAFSA will open each year on October 1.
Which tax year information is needed to complete the FAFSA?
For the 2024–25 FAFSA, students will report income information from two years prior, which in this case is 2022 income information.
Do students need to complete the FAFSA every year?
Yes, eligibility for federal student aid does not carry over from one school year to the next, students will need to fill out the FAFSA for each school year in which they plan to be a student. Eligibility for financial aid can differ from year to year for various reasons including a student’s or family’s financial situation.
How does information transfer from the IRS to the FAFSA?
The FUTURE Act Direct Data Exchange (FA-DDX) allows applicants (and their parents, if applicable) to automatically import the Federal Tax Information(FTI) needed to complete the FAFSA and transfer the required information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS. The FAFSA requires data to be imported automatically from the IRS unless unusual circumstances prevent it.
Where can I get more information about—and help with—the FAFSA?
After your 2024–25 FAFSA form is submitted and processed, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to access an online copy of your FAFSA Submission Summary—an electronic or paper document that summarizes the information you reported on your FAFSA form. It includes your estimated eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant and federal student loans, your Student Aid Index (SAI), and whether you’ve been selected for verification.
Visit studentaid.gov and remember, as you fill out your FAFSA, you can refer to help text for every question and (during certain times of day) chat online with a customer service representative.