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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Student Aid offers grants, loans, work-study, and more to help you pay for college or career school. Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply.

Begin the FAFSA application

Applying for federal student aid

You must complete the FAFSA application on time to be considered for federal student aid. States and colleges also use FAFSA information to award their own financial aid packages.

FAFSA deadlines

Federal deadlines to submit the FAFSA are:

  • June 30, 2025, for school year 2024-25
  • June 30, 2024, for school year 2023-24

Many states use the FAFSA for their financial aid programs. See the state deadlines.

Create a FAFSA account and login

Create an account and get an FSA ID. You can use your FSA ID right away to sign and submit your first FAFSA form. But to use your FSA ID for anything else, you will have to wait up to three days for your information to be confirmed by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Log in to the FAFSA if you already have an account.

Fill out the FAFSA

Find out what information you need to fill out the FAFSA. It will be easier to complete the form if you have everything together before you start.

Begin the FAFSA application.


Avoid financial aid scams

You may not need to hire a company to help you find financial aid. Instead, search online for scholarships or ask a school guidance counselor for help. Learn what questions to ask before paying for help finding financial aid.

Eligibility for federal student aid

To be considered for federal student aid, you must meet these basic eligibility requirements, including financial need.

Check your FAFSA application status

After you submit your application, check its status to make sure it has been processed. You can:

If you submit a paper FAFSA form, you can check its status 7–10 days after you mail it. 

You will receive a report with a summary of the information you entered on your FAFSA form. Review it and make any necessary corrections by the due date.

LAST UPDATED: July 10, 2024


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