It’s almost time to start the 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA! This application will help determine your financial aid eligibility if you plan to attend college in the fall of 2023. We’ve created a helpful list of steps to guide you through the application process.
- Gather Materials: Before getting started, you’ll need to make sure you have your Social Security card, current bank statements, and your 2021 W2 and tax return. If you’re a dependent student, you’ll also need your parent(s)’ financial information and 2021 tax returns.
- Create an FSA ID: The FSA ID, or Federal Student Aid ID, is a username and password that you’ll use to log in to your FAFSA. It will also serve as your electronic signature for completing the application. To create a FSA ID, visit StudentAid.gov. Remember to use our FSA ID Worksheet (also available in Spanish) to keep track of your username and password. If you’re a dependent student, a parent or guardian will also need to create a FSA ID.
- Fill It Out: Starting Oct. 1, you can access the new FAFSA at StudentAid.gov.
- Sign & Submit: Enter your FSA ID for your electronic signature. If you’re a dependent student, remember a parent will have to provide their electronic signature, as well. Don’t forget to click ‘submit’ at the bottom of the screen!
- Follow Up: Keep an eye out for a Student Aid Report (SAR) email, as well as information from the colleges you applied to. Sometimes campuses ask for additional paperwork, so watch for possible requests. If you have any questions after receiving your financial aid offer, follow up with the financial aid office at your campus.