Filing the FAFSA is as easy as 1-2-3. The online application makes it simple for your student to apply for financial aid such as loans, grants, and Federal Work-Study opportunities. All it takes is a little preparation—you’ll want to have access to your and your student’s most recent tax returns—and about one hour of your time. FAFSA application opens on October 1. Some forms of financial aid, such as the MAP grant, are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA in October to maximize your student's chances of receiving all the sources of aid they may qualify for.
For the 2018-19 FAFSA, you will be using information from your 2016 taxes, so have that paperwork on hand in order to complete the application. You can also use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) in order to link your tax information from the IRS directly to FAFSA’s online form. No papers necessary. Just a few clicks of the mouse, and your tax information will be sent over a secure connection directly to FAFSA.
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