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Apply For Federal Aid

Everything begins with the FAFSA — that’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

You will get used to talking about the FAFSA, because you file one for every academic year. With one application, you’re applying for several different types of federal aid.

Set up an FSA ID

An FSA ID is needed to submit your FAFSA, access federal websites and sign your loan promissory note. It also serves as your legal signature and is tied to your Social Security number. If you’re a dependent student, at least one parent needs an FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA and apply for a parent PLUS loan. You’ll only create your FSA ID once, but will use it often as a student.

Applying Online

The online FAFSA application takes less than an hour if you have all your documents. The FAFSA is necessary to be considered for grants, loans, work-study, and some need-based scholarships.

Submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA if you plan to attend fall 2019, spring 2020, or summer 2020. You’ll use your 2017 tax information to answer the income questions. We highly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your tax information directly into the FAFSA.