New students: Follow the steps outlined below. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) here: Apply for Aid.
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.
The FAFSA form asks for financial information, including information from tax forms and balances of savings and checking accounts.
The 2020–21 FAFSA form asks for 2018 tax information.
The 2021–22 FAFSA form will ask for 2019 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.
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.