Tips for Completing the FAFSA

  • Use Your FSA ID
    Create an FSA ID at An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. You must have an FSA ID before you can file a FAFSA.
  • Apply Online 
    Filing an online FAFSA can save you weeks of processing time. The online application also has edit checks to catch errors. The online application is available at
  • Apply Early Starting on October 1 each year.
  • Use the IRS DRT
    The 2023-24 FAFSA will use 2021 income and tax information for students and parents. Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) when possible to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA.
  • Reapply Every Year
    Don’t make the mistake of assuming that financial aid magically renews itself—students must reapply each year by filling out the FAFSA.

Have questions or need help?

Get free assistance and answers at https://studentaid.gov or 1-800-433-3243.