Need help paying for college?

You need to fill out the FAFSA.

We want to help make it easy.

Step 1


The FSA ID is your username and password for filling out the FAFSA. Both parents and students must get one!

Step 2

Gather Your Documents

The FAFSA only takes about 30 minutes once you have all of the documents you need. Click below to see what you need.

Step 3

Fill Out Your FAFSA

Do you have your FSA ID and documents? Great! Fill out your FAFSA now to maximize your financial aid.

Do you need extra help filling out the FAFSA?
Here are some tools that may help:

Learn More About the FAFSA

Use the free Understanding FAFSA Guide to learn everything you need to know about the FAFSA (available in Spanish). 

Talk to your

College Advisor 

Every high school campus has a College Advisor. Find out who yours is and make a plan to meet with them.

Ask the Department of Education

You can chat, email, or call the Department of Education with any FAFSA question.

So you completed the FAFSA. What happens next?
Here are some things to keep in mind:

6 Things To Do After Filing FAFSA

Make sure you are aware of what happens after you submit the FAFSA using this helpful guide.

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Aid Offers

You should receive a Financial Aid offer from every college you are accepted to. Make sure to compare the offers to know which is best.

The FAFSA can be confusing. Here are some of the most common questions answered:

What is the FAFSA?

To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.

Who can fill out the FAFSA?

Any student who plans on attending a college or career school in fall of 2018 needs to complete and file the FAFSA if they would like to be considered for financial aid. For most students, the student and their parents must provide information for the FAFSA. The FAFSA can be completed by the following individuals:

  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents with Form I-551, I-151, or I-551C
  • Eligible noncitizens with an Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) showing one of the following:
    • Refugee
    • Asylum granted
    • Parolee (for a minimum of one year)
    • Cuban-Haitian entrant
    • “Conditional Entrant” (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
  • Noncitizens with a T nonimmigrant status ("T-visa") (for victims of human trafficking) or your parent holds a T-1 nonimmigrant status.
  • Noncitizens considered “battered immigrant-qualified alien” who is a victim of abuse by your citizen or permanent resident spouse, or you are the child of a person designated as such under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).*
If you do not meet one of the statuses above but have been classified as a Texas resident you should explore the Texas Application for State Financial Aid at For more information on financial aid for undocumented students, visit:

When should I complete the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is already open as of October 1, so you should get started right away. Some benefits of filling out your FAFSA early include:

  • Puts you in the best position to receive aid that is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Making sure you meet college financial aid deadlines
  • Gives you extra time in case you need to submit additional documents
  • Allows you to get your award letter earlier from colleges

What documents do I need to complete the FAFSA?

The will need the following documents when filling out your FAFSA:

  • Student's Social Security Card
  • Student's Driver’s license (if any)
  • 2016 Federal Income Tax Return that includes student
  • 2016 W-2 forms for student and parent(s)
  • 2016 untaxed income records for student and parent(s)
  • Current bank statements for student and parent(s)
  • Untaxed income records for parent(s)
  • Current business and investment records for parent(s)

What is the FSA ID?

The FSA ID is the login ID that allows students and parents to identify themselves electronically to access FSA Web sites. A FSA ID is made up of a username and password and can be used to log into FAFSA on the Web. Parents and students will each need their own FSA ID to complete and file the FAFSA.

How long does it take to complete the FAFSA?

On average, it takes about 30 minutes to complete and file the FAFSA online. You should make sure you have all the necessary information needed for the FAFSA application available before starting the online application to ensure the shortest amount of time in completing the process.

Does my parents' immigration status affect my eligibility?

No, your parents’ citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility for federal student aid. In fact, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) doesn’t even ask about your parents’ status. Learn about filling out the FAFSA.

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