The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is filled out during your senior year in high school and each year in college after that. This is how you apply for all federal and most state financial aid, including Pell Grants, work-study, and federal student loans.

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Filing your FAFSA should take less than 30 minutes.

There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid.

Students are able to file:

  • 2023-24 FAFSA starting Oct. 1, 2022
  • 2024-25 FAFSA starting January 2024
  • 2025-26 FAFSA starting Oct. 1, 2024

Why File FAFSA?

If you are planning on attending college, you should file the FAFSA regardless of family income or any other circumstances. Even if you do not qualify for one type of aid, you still need the FAFSA. It qualifies you for grants, scholarships, and other financial aid awarded by colleges and some states. You can change your mind later and decide not to accept any federal student aid, but for now, you should plan on filing the FAFSA on Oct. 1 or at the earliest date after that.

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Step-by-Step Instructions To Complete FAFSA

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High School Seniors: Best Practices

  • Any time after Oct. 1 of your senior year, you can start filling out your FAFSA. 
  • Start researching scholarship opportunities, both online and offline. Local scholarships tend to have less competition so check your local papers and community bulletin boards.
  • During your second semester, check the status of your FAFSA and apply for any private scholarships you’ve found.
  • Get in touch with your college’s financial aid office if you need any clarifications or to negotiate a better financial aid package.
  • Mark the deadline to pay your first tuition bill and make sure you have all your finances in order. You do not want to miss this deadline.