Complete Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

We have provided some tips to enable you to complete your FAFSA. Please take the time to review this information to ensure that you are able to complete your FAFSA in the most efficient manner, as often, inaccurate information provided by students delays processing and impacts their financial aid awards.

Please click here to review a PDF version of the FAFSA.

New students: Follow the steps outlined below. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here: Apply for Aid.

Returning students: Please see our FAFSA Renewal Page.


The FSU school code for the FAFSA is: 001489

The FSA ID is a user name and password combination required to complete the FAFSA. If you are required to provide your parent(s) information, your parent(s) must also obtain an FSA ID.

Create an FSA ID

The FAFSA requires you to provide information about yourself and your financial situation. You may also be required to provide parent information.

  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license number
  • Alien Registration number
  • Federal tax information or tax returns
  • Records of your untaxed income
  • Cash, savings, investments, and checking account balances

FAFSA on the Web Worksheet - a preview of questions from the FAFSA form.

The FAFSA form is available on October 1 for the next school year.

Start Your FAFSA Form

If you are a dependent student, you must report parent information, as well as your own information, on your application.

Dependency Information Parent Information

The FAFSA form asks for financial information, including information from tax forms and balances of savings and checking accounts.

The 2022–23 FAFSA form asks for 2020 tax information.

The 2023–24 FAFSA form will ask for 2021 tax information.

We recommend that all FAFSA filers to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically transfer tax information into the FAFSA form. It is available directly on the form where tax information is required. This is the most efficient and accurate way to report your tax information and allows for faster processing.

Steps to Transfer Tax Information

The FAFSA form asks for marital status “as of today” (the day it’s filled out). So if the student or parent is married now but wasn’t in 2018 (and therefore didn’t file taxes as married), the spouse’s 2018 income will need to be added to the FAFSA form.

Similiarly, if the student or parent filed 2018 taxes as married but is no longer married when filling out the FAFSA form, the spouse’s income will need to be subtracted.

Parents' Marital Status
Student's Marital Status

Before your FAFSA form can be processed, you’ll need to sign and submit the application.

FAFSA Submission Information