Before you begin you will need the following:
- Your Social Security Number
- Financial documents for the applicable year (see chart below)
- Federal income tax returns for you, parent, or spouse
- W-2s or income statements for you, parent, or spouse
- Current bank statements
You will need to create an FSA ID to log in and sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents will also need to create an FSA ID.
Changes to the FAFSA Process Beginning 2017-18
Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA you will be able to submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 rather than beginning on January 1. The earlier submission date is a permanent change.
In addition, you will now report income and tax information for two years prior instead of just one. For example, all 2017-18 FAFSAs will be submitted using 2015 tax information (the same as was used for the 2016-17 FAFSA).
What are some of the advantages of these changes to the FAFSA process?
- By using tax information from two years prior, taxes should already be filed when submitting your FAFSA. Please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import tax information directly into the FAFSA.
- Tasks on My Financial Center may be available earlier to complete.
- Look for earlier processing and determination of awards for the upcoming year.