How do I complete the FAFSA?

Going to college is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. Making sure you find the right financial fit is important and filling out the FAFSA is an important step.

After you’re admitted to CSU, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get started on your path to receive federal and state financial aid including grants, scholarships, work-study and loans.

What is the FAFSA?

Simply put, the FAFSA is a form that students and families can fill out every year which helps determine their eligibility for some financial aid. While it isn’t required that every student submit it, it is highly recommended. Even if you don’t think you’ll need the aid or you’ll be eligible, the FAFSA is sometimes required for other scholarships or programs that you might be interested in.

Is there a deadline?

Students are encouraged to submit it before March 1. The application opens on October 1 and submitting it earlier means you will receive your financial aid more quickly.

How do I fill it out?

Filling out the form can be quick and easy if you have the right materials ready to submit. You’ll need a few things like your or your family’s tax information, your social security number, and a list of schools you’re considering. You can find a complete list here.

You can choose to fill out the FAFSA with your last available tax information (i.e. if you are applying for the 2017-18 academic year, you can use 2015 tax information). You’ll be guided every step of the way once you’re in the application.

Have specific questions? Reach out to the Office of Financial Aid for help.