The official 2017 - 2018 FAFSA application is available now, and can be used for fall 2017, spring 2018 and summer 2018.
The official 2016 - 2017 FAFSA application is available now, and can be used for fall 2016, spring 2017 and summer 2017.
Federal and state college funds are awarded on first come, first served basis. The early bird who submits a completed FAFSA application when available (October 1 starting in 2016 for 2017-18 school year, and January 1 in prior years) will get the best college financial aid package - more grant money (grants do not need to be repaid) and better student loans. If you file your FAFSA federal student loan application later, the grants for college students may be gone, and you may only be eligible for whichever student loan programs still have money. And if you submit your FAFSA too late, all the federal and state grants and loans may be gone, so you may need to take more expensive private student loans to finance your college education. For a list of FAFSA deadlines by state for state grants, see FAFSA Deadlines.
The FAFSA and the CSS Profile are the two most common applications you will use for college loan forms.
If you are a dependent student, you will need at least one parent's financial information on your FAFSA application. To see which parental information needs to be included, see Parental Information for FAFSA Applications.
You can submit your FAFSA starting October 1(January 1 prior to 2016) for the year you plan to start college, and you must reapply for each year. The earlier you apply the better, and most schools have early deadlines, with more flexibility for community colleges.
The 2017 application is available starting October 1 2016.
See our links to the 2017 - 2018 FAFSA online and printable FAFSA forms at FAFSA Official Website Forms.
See our links to the 2016 - 2017 online Free FAFSA on the web, printable and paper FAFSA forms at FAFSA Official Website Forms.
Apply early for the best aid packages. See FAFSA Deadlines by State.
Get started now with your FSA ID, which replaced the FAFSA PIN.
Want to see the form? You can download and print the FAFSA Application.
Check out the facts you may be surprised. Are You a Dependent or Independent Student?
Do You Need Parental Income on FAFSA? Probably yes but maybe not.
FAFSA Application - The 2017-18 FAFSA application is available now (starting October 1 2016).