NEW: The FAFSA opens in December for the Class of 2024
Need-based aid breakdown by college
*The FAFSA is not just for those that qualify for FREE money; It's federal grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans.
Step1: FSA ID
Before starting your FAFSA, you and your parent/guardian will need to create an FSA ID. This is your login information for your FAFSA application and allows you to sign the official documents electronically. Remember this login information because you will use it every year you apply for financial aid!
UPDATE: Starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA, students and parents must have an FSA ID set up prior to accessing the FAFSA form. Previously, they could access the form with their name and social security number and then would require an FSA ID or a signature page to complete the form. It is important to note that it may take 1 to 3 days for an FSA ID to go through the verification process, so practitioners should assist students and parents with FSA ID creation in advance to avoid further delays once FAFSA opens in December 2023.
Moreover, parents who are not U.S. citizens or residents will be required to create an FSA ID. The process for obtaining an FSA ID for individuals without a Social Security number will be released by August 2023 and automated to the greatest extent possible. To help with identity verification, FSA will utilize TransUnion services to ask knowledge-based questions.
Step 2: FAFSA
The Class of 2024 completes the 2024-2025 application.
New: The application opens in December.
To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free, giving you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or trade school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
Items needed to complete the FAFSA:
Class of 2024 will use 2022 Taxes and W2