Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Renewal FAFSA

Complete and submit the Renewal FAFSA beginning October 1, 2017.  The FAFSA is required to determine eligibility for federal and state student aid. 

You will have fewer questions to answer for 2018-19 because the Renewal FAFSA will contain some of the information you gave on the 2017-18 FAFSA. Updates will be needed only for the information that has changed from the prior year.

The FAFSA offers you the option to use IRS data retrieval to transfer you and your parent’s 2016 tax return information directly to the FAFSA if your returns have been filed. Families that do not use the IRS Data Retrieval process may be required to submit an IRS tax transcript directly from the IRS to complete the federal verification process. Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID will be required in order to transfer your data and to electronically sign your FAFSA application.

In October or November 2017, all renewal eligible FAFSA applicants will receive 2018-19 Renewal FAFSA reminder notices from the Department of Education:

  • Students with a valid email address will receive email reminders.
  • Students without a valid email address will receive reminder letters.

If you are a returning student and did not file a 2017-18 FAFSA, you will not receive a reminder notice. You must submit the 2018-19 FAFSA to be considered for financial aid.

For more information on completing the FAFSA, please see the Federal Student Aid website.