The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2022-23 school year is available starting on October 1st.
Many public state universities and private colleges and universities use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible because aid is often allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out. So, apply early to give yourself the best chance to receive the funds your family will need to pay for college.
The FAFSA application will use financial information from the 2020 tax year. If your family has been negatively affected by recent events, submit the FAFSA and then follow up with a call to the financial aid office at each school to which you apply to explain your situation..
The FAFSA may seem overwhelming, but help is available. Start by looking at the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to see what’s required. Gather the information and documents required to apply for financial aid. Reach out to your guidance or college counselor with any questions— they will get you started by either guiding you themselves or directing you to any number of free resources available.
The most important thing is to apply so you don’t miss out on any opportunity. Even if you’re not sure you’ll qualify, apply.