What is FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used for awarding federal student aid. All students must submit the FAFSA in order to receive financial aid. The application can be completed online or by paper application at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
When should I file?
You can start filing for the FAFSA during your senior year of high school starting on January 1st. The priority deadline is March 2nd. Most FAFSA is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be first in line, start your application in the first week of January. To complete it, you will need to use your W-2 from the previous year, then update your application as soon as your most current W-2 arrives.
If you are afraid of forgetting to update your application, you can wait on your W-2 form and then file your FAFSA.
Can I file for FAFSA even if I haven’t been accepted yet?
Yes, You do not have to wait for your acceptance letter to come before you apply for FAFSA. Even if you are undecided on which school you want to attend, you can still complete the FAFSA.