Students planning to file or renew a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for the 2020-21 financial aid year will have the chance to do so beginning on October 1, 2019. High school seniors, current college students, and adults considering (re) entry to college are all encouraged to file a FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible, as some financial aid is first-come, first-served. For the 2020-21 FAFSA, students will use information from the 2018 tax year for themselves and their parents. File the FAFSA at https://fafsa.gov.
Prior to starting a FAFSA, students and, a parent if necessary, are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which is a username and password. These IDs are used to access the FAFSA website securely (as well as all other Federal Student Aid websites) and act as an electronic signature. Please see our FSA ID recommendations as you start this process. FSA IDs can be created at https://fsaid.ed.gov.
See below for the documents and information needed to complete the FAFSA.
- Student FSA ID
- Parent FSA ID*
- Student SSN
- Parent(s) SSN(s)
- Parent(s) Full Legal Name(s)
- Parent(s) Date(s) of Birth
- Parent(s) Federal 2018 Taxes
- Parent(s) Marriage and/or Divorce/Separation Date(s)
- Parent(s) 2018 W2(s) and/or 1099(s)
- Student & Parent(s) Cash/Checking/Savings Account Balances
*Students considered dependent are required to include parent(s) information on a FAFSA. Students may review dependency questions HERE to determine dependency status.
Know whether you and/or your parent(s) receive(s) any of the following:
- Supplemental Social Security (SSI)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, & Children (WIC)