Five Steps to Complete Your FAFSA

What's one thing you don't need in order to fill out the FAFSA???  MONEY!!!

Remember, the FAFSA is FREE when you use the official government site: www.fafsa.ed.gov

STEP 1

If you do not have a FSA ID or you have forgotten it:

  • Log on to www.fsaid.ed.gov to create your FSA ID or retrieve your forgotten FSA ID.
  • Keep your FSA ID in a safe place.  You should use the same FSA ID to renew your FAFSA each award year.  Do not give your FSA ID to anyone.
  • If you are considered a dependent student, at least one of your parents will also need a FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA.

STEP 2

Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Choose the FAFSA award year you'd like to complete. 

  • Students enrolling for classes that start before July 1, 2017, should complete the 2016-17 AND the 2017-18 FAFSAs.  
  • Students enrolling for classes that start on or after July 1, 2017, should complete the 2017-18 FAFSA. 

Remember, the FAFSA is not a one-time thing. You must complete or renew your FAFSA each award year. Please talk to a Financial Aid Administrator for more information.

STEP 3

Enter your personal information. This is information such as your name, date of birth, etc. If you have completed the FAFSA in the past, a lot of your personal information will be pre-populated to save you time. Make sure you enter your personal information exactly as it appears on official government documents. (That's right - no nicknames!) 

STEP 4

Enter your financial information - all of it. You should use income tax records from two years prior to the academic year for which you are applying as of the 2017-18 FAFSA. For example, if you are filling out the 2017-2018 FAFSA, you will need to use 2015 tax information.  (The 2016-2017 FAFSA has different tax record requirements; students completing this FAFSA should use 2015 tax records.)  If you have filed your taxes already, you may be able to automatically import your tax information into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Please use this tool if available. It makes completing the FAFSA super easy and may prevent some delays in processing your FAFSA.

STEP 5

Choose the schools in which you wish to apply, and the necessary information will be sent over to them so they can calculate the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive. 

Arclabs school code:    042220 

STEP 6

Sign the document with your FSA ID. The FSA ID serves as your electronic signature, or e-signature. If you previously created a FSA ID, you should use it to sign and submit your FAFSA. 


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