The crucial first step in the financial aid process is filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students and parents need to complete the FAFSA in order to apply for grants, work-study, loans, and even some scholarship opportunities. You can file the FAFSA beginning October 1st of your senior year in high school.
The 2024–25 FAFSA® form will be available in December 2023, not Oct. 1.
Follow these steps to learn more about the FAFSA process:
1. View the FAFSA Tipsheet by clicking on the link below. Parents and students will need to create a separate FSA ID. This will be the username and password used to log in and electronically sign the FAFSA. You are encouraged to create a FSA ID prior to sitting down and completing the FAFSA.
2. Click on the link below to begin the FAFSA