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 2018-2019 year, students and families will use their tax information from 2016.
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 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.