Consider the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the beginning of any application for federal student aid. Almost everything else in the financial aid spectrum hinges upon this form being completed. Many schools’ financial aid offices won’t even know you exist until you have completed this form. It’s really that important.
If you plan on attending college for the 2018-2019 school year, the FAFSA can be submitted any time between October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019. However, because of the variation in state and college deadlines, it is highly recommended that you fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1 to ensure that you do not miss out on available aid.
When you’re ready to complete the FAFSA, you’ll want to have the following items handy:
- Federal tax return
- Driver’s license
- Social Security Number
- Any other pertinent financial documents (e.g. bank statements, investment account information)
Visit fafsa.ed.gov for more information and to begin the FAFSA application.