When to Apply for Financial Aid
If you are a FIRST-TIME FAFSA FILER and would like more information about how to file the FAFSA, click here.
If you are a CONTINUING STUDENT or have filed a FAFSA in the past, click here.
Also watch the videos below for more information on applying for aid.
In Summary, there are three main points to remember about applying for financial aid:
1. Complete the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible. The FAFSA will be available for students to complete on October 1 each year in preparation for the next academic year. This allows students to apply for financial aid earlier, more in line with the college admissions process.
2. Use your prior-prior year tax information to complete the FAFSA. Students and families should use prior-prior year tax information to complete the FAFSA. For example, when filling out the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 year, students and families will use their tax information from 2015.
3. Make sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) within the FAFSA, which auto populates student and parent tax information, decreases the need for additional documentation and speeds up the awarding process.
For more information about applying for Financial Aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid, (214) 333‑5363, or email@example.com.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is currently unavailable and is expected to continue to be unavailable until fall 2017.
This inconvenient outage does not prevent students and parents from completing the FAFSA. It may still be completed using their 2015 tax information for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial aid years. 2015 tax information will, however, need to be entered manually in those fields on the FAFSA as long as the DRT is unavailable.
For more information, view this video.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 214-333-5363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information regarding specific yearly amounts for each Federal Aid program is available in the FINANCIAL AID STUDENT GUIDE, published annually by the US Department of Education.
Click HERE to view that publication online.