FAFSA

  • To get started, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form (click on the thumbnail to visit the website).   

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What is the FAFSA?

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

    A lot of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.

    The FAFSA asks for information about you and your family’s finances, including tax returns, so you’ll need your parents’ help to complete it.

2024-2025 FAFSA Issue Alerts

  • We are in the soft launch period of the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. During the soft launch period, we will monitor site performance, conduct pauses for maintenance, and make updates to improve the user experience for students and families.

    Stakeholders should bookmark this page for regular status updates and resources related to the 2024-25 FAFSA launch.

2024-2025 FAFSA FAQs

What's changed for the 2024-25 FAFSA form

How do I create a StudentAid.gov account if I don't have a Socal Security Number?

How do I complete the FAFSA if my parent is a noncitizen?

Who is a contributor on the 24-25 FAFSA form?

Why do my contributors and I need our own StudentAid.gov accounts?

What does it mean to provide consent and approval on the 24-25 FAFSA form

How do I complete the 24-25 FAFSA if my parents are divorced or separated?

What Will I Need to Fill Out the FAFSA?

  • To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:
     
    • Your Social Security Number

    • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

    • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

    • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

    • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

    • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

    If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

     
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