- Use Your FSA ID
Create an FSA ID at https://fsaid.ed.gov. 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 or Via the New Mobile App
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 https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Starting with the 2019-20 FAFSA, you can also use the https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mystudentaid/id1414539145?mt=8myStudentAid app.
- Apply Early
For your application to be considered “On-Time,” SFA must receive your FAFSA results, with a calculated Expected Family Contribution (or EFC), by December 15, 2018. Keep in mind that you are submitting your FAFSA to the federal government, not to the University of Florida. Submit your FAFSA before the December 15 deadline so that there is enough time for your FAFSA data to reach our office before the deadline. Apply as early as possible to be considered for the most, and best aid.
- Use the IRS DRT
The 2019-20 FAFSA will use 2017 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://fafsa.ed.gov/www.fafsa.ed.gov or 1-800-433-3243.