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Applying for Financial Aid

The thought of filling out government financial aid forms probably seems daunting and confusing. Don’t worry – it’s easier than you think. And Arclabs is here to help.

What is FAFSA?

FAFSA is an acronym for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Does it cost anything to apply for FAFSA?

No, the FAFSA is free when you use the official government site:

How long will it take me to complete the application?

It takes most students 30 minutes to complete and submit their application.

Is the application process complicated?

No, the process is surprisingly simple. But if you have questions during the process, you can click on question mark icons along the way and even live chat with support staff during regular business hours. Arclabs admission staff is available to help you with this process at 877.647.4111.

Do I have to finish the application in one sitting?

No, you can save the form in your account and come back to it later.

When should I fill out the FAFSA?

Every October 1 the FAFSA application opens for the next school year. The sooner you apply for aid, the more likely you are to receive the full amount you are eligible for.

FAFSA Award Year Dates for Federal Aid Dates for SC AID
2019-2020 Oct. 1, 2018-June 30, 2020 Oct. 1, 2018-June 30, 2020
2020-2021 Oct. 1, 2019-June 30, 2021 Oct. 1, 2019-June 30, 2021


Complete Your FAFSA in Five Steps

  1. Step 1: Gather Important Information

    You’ll need:

    • Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
      • If you do not have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID or you have forgotten it log on to to create your FSA ID or retrieve your forgotten FSA ID.
      • If you are considered a dependent student, at least one of your parents will also need an FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA.
    • Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number (for non-US citizens)
    • Tax information from previous year
    • Cash, savings and checking account balances, as well as records for any untaxed income
  2. Step 2: Select the Award Year

    Go to and choose the FAFSA award year you’d like to complete.

    • Students enrolling for classes at Arclabs should complete the FAFSA for both the current and following award years.
    • There are both federal and state deadlines, so be sure you are submitting your FAFSA on time.

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

  3. Step 3: Enter Your Information


    • This includes your name, date of birth, social security number, 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.


    You will need to answer questions about your taxes and your bank account balances for checking and savings.

    • You should use 2017 tax information for the 2019-2020 FAFSA and 2018 tax information for the 2020-2021 FAFSA.
    • 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, which will greatly simplify this section of the application.
  4. Select Your Desired School(s):

    You can choose up to 10 schools in this section, even if you have not applied to the schools yet. Once your FAFSA is processed, the information will be sent to each school so they can calculate the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive.

    Arclabs school code: 042220

  5. Step 5: Sign your FAFSA

    Sign the document with your FSA ID, which serves as your electronic signature.