You must file a FAFSA each year in order to receive financial aid.
Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will establish your eligibility for financial aid and institutional scholarships. Even if you think you may not qualify, it is a good idea to file. The FAFSA should be filed each year between January 1 and March 1. Take these steps to prepare:
The FAFSA asks for a record of all income and savings for students and their families (dependent students must include their parentsí information). When completing your FAFSA, you must have:
The first day to file a FAFSA is January 1. You should try to complete and submit your FAFSA for the coming school year by March 1.
Returning students must complete a FAFSA every year.
You may complete a FAFSA after the recommended filing date, but filing by March 1 allows you the best opportunity to receive funds that may be limited.
To begin your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), go to: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Please note: The FAFSA is free, there is no cost associated with filing. Sometimes people end up on a website that charges for filing the FAFSA. Be sure you are filing only on the http://www.fafsa.ed.gov website.