File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) between January 1 and March 10 each year to qualify for state and federal financial aid for the next academic year.
Go to FAFSA.gov to complete it online, fast (average time: 22 minutes) and free. The website includes a worksheet to help you organize your financial information to make the process go even smoother. Make sure you have everything you need to complete the FAFSA and college financial aid information, including:
- A FSA ID from fsaid.ed.gov
- Your Social Security Number
- Driver’s license number (if you have one)
- Parent and student tax forms (1040EZ, 1040A or 1040 and/ orW-2s), parent and student untaxed income information, asset information, business or farm records, if applicable. At fafsa.gov, you can learn more about IRS Data Retrieval Tool, the fastest, most accurate way to file tax information for the FAFSA.
- Student academic information, such as GPA, test scores and diploma type
Not sure of your plans? File anyway. If you miss the March 10 deadline, you could miss out on money for college. You never know what you’ll get unless you apply.
Financial Aid Tip
“While a student may be able to borrow to help pay for the cost of textbooks and other miscellaneous expenses, we encourage students to keep the amount of loans they borrow to a minimum by paying for books and other expenses with savings. If they do need to borrow, we recommend they don’t borrow any more than absolutely necessary to pay the direct costs at the school they plan to attend. We also encourage students to apply for as many outside scholarships
as possible to help defer costs.”
— Cathleen Wright, director of financial aid, University of Evansville