The application opens October 1, 2022
1. Create an account
Both the student and a parent must create an account at studentaid.gov/fsa-id/sign-in
2. Gather Information (There is a button to import last year’s tax documents within the actual FAFSA)
Social Security numbers, your driver’s license (if you have one), your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
You will also need current bank statements, records of investments and records of untaxed income (if applicable). If you are a dependent student, you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need your Alien Registration Number.
FILL OUT THE FAFSA
After receiving a Student Aid ID, go to the following site:
- Here is a short video on filling out the FAFSA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9HWaQpuNSk
It takes about 30 minutes give or take depending on the method of inputting tax information.
- This site is helpful in determining whose income to use if you have a different custodian or parents are divorced. – https://www.sfa.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/who-is-my-parent2.png
- Make sure that you include the colleges that it should be sent to. (The ones that you are applying to, there are codes for those).
STUDENT AID REPORT
- Fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible. The earlier you submit, the quicker you will have the report which is important for receiving financial aid packages from schools to which you have applied or will apply.
- Additionally, the longer you wait, the less financial aid there is available.
- There are several scholarships that require your Student Aid Report for you to be eligible. Therefore, you want this report as soon as possible so that you can apply for certain scholarships.
Please contact me if you have any questions. I can be reached at 256-236-4499 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are several websites that can also help you through this process: