Main Content

Filing the FAFSA® adds up to $$ for college.

If you do not submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you could miss out on free money and low-cost loans for school. Filling out the application is easier than you think. And it's free!

Complete the FAFSA as soon as you can after October 1, although individual financial aid deadlines can vary by school, state, program of study, and more.

You must complete the FAFSA to qualify for:

  • Prepare

    Keep your stress level low—know your deadlines, gather your documents, and get organized.

  • Apply/Renew

    Fill out the FAFSA once and simply update it every year that you need aid. The fastest, easiest way to apply/renew is online.

  • After You Apply/Renew

    Find out what you can expect after you apply/renew your FAFSA.


    Find answers to some common questions about the FAFSA.

Did You Know?

  • Be wary of organizations that charge a fee to assist you with the FAFSA. Much of the same help is available for free from your school, the U.S. Department of Education, and PHEAA.
  • Not all financial aid offers are the same. Compare schools' financial aid offers carefully.
  • Part-time students are eligible for most types of aid. However, some federal, state-sponsored, and institutional programs require full-time enrollment.