The FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) is the application that students must complete to apply for financial aid which can be used to attend eligible colleges or technical schools. The application opens annually October 1st. Students should complete the FAFSA beginning senior year of high school and every year they are enrolled in college.
The FAFSA is used to determine what federal aid a student may qualify for. In Florida, colleges and private organizations also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for state and institutional aid. Completing the FAFSA is the access point for students to the majority of grants and scholarships, regardless of income or academic status.
The first step to completing the FAFSA is to create a FSA ID for the student and parent. We’ve created a step-by-step tutorial for creating a FSA ID . Once the FSA ID has been processed (about 3 business days) the student will receive an email and can then complete the FAFSA.
We’ve also created a step-by-step tutorial to walk a student and parent through completing the FAFSA for the first time.