FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Before Beginning a FAFSA

Before Beginning a FAFSA Overview

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Gather the documents you need.

Start with your Social Security Number, driver’s license, income tax returns, bank statements, and investment records.

Print a FAFSA on the Web Worksheet.

Write in your answers and gather your parents' information then transfer the data to FAFSA on the Web.

Plan how to sign your FAFSA.

Sign electronically with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) or by mailing in a signature page.

Apply for a PIN now!

Speed up the process by signing your FAFSA electronically with your PIN. Your parent can sign electronically too.

Check your eligibility for federal student aid.
Note important deadlines.

To meet the Federal Student Aid deadline:

  • Apply as early as possible beginning January 1st of each year.
  • Schools and states have their own deadlines. Contact them for exact deadline dates.
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