Steps to Filling Out Your FAFSA

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is an important first step to the financial aid process. Filling out the FAFSA application is your path to thousands of dollars in financial aid to help you pay for college.

Important Note

This process can take 6-8 weeks to complete.

Deadlines

Free Tuition for the Last-Dollar Scholarship

Online FAFSA forms must be submitted by 11:59pm Central Time (CT), June 30.

2020–21 Academic Year

Online FAFSA forms must be submitted by 11:59pm Central time (CT), June 30. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by 11:59pm CT, September 11. 

Before You Start

You will need several documents in order to fill out the FAFSA.

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your parents' Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
  • Your driver's license number
  • Your Alien Registration number
  • 2018 tax returns for you, your spouse, and your parents
  • Records of untaxed income for you, your spouse, and your parents
  • Information on your income, your parents' income or your spouse's income

Create An FSA ID

An FSA ID is a username and password to create and log into your account

  • If you're a dependent student, a parent will also need a unique FSA ID.
  • Create your FSA ID ahead of time to cut down on error and delays.
  • Provide both a cell number and email address.
  • Use a general email account like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail. Do not use a school account.
  • Keep parent and student FSA IDs separate. Mixing them up causes a lot of problems.

Filling Out The Form

The FAFSA application will ask you to supply information that tells the government about who you are, your financial information, and information about your parents if you are a dependent student.

  • Choose the option to complete a "renewal" FAFSA form. It will save your information for next year.
  • In the School Selection section, add every school you're considering, even if you haven't applied or been accepted yet.
  • WITCC's Federal School Code is 004590.
  • Enter your personal information exactly as it appears on your Social Security card.
  • Pay attention to whether you're being asked for student or parent information. "You/your" refers to the student.
  • Save time by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). It imports your IRS tax information with just a few clicks.

Finishing Up

To complete the form, you and your parent have to sign it.
The easiest way to sign the FAFSA form is online with your FAFSA ID.
After clicking "submit" complete the "State Common Application" to access grants and scholarships available through the state.

Help Is Nearby

This process can seem intimidating. Instead of putting it off, contact college financial aid specialists near you:

ICAN Services

Virtual appointments are available to assist students in completing their FAFSA. Contact Mary Joan Dougherty
mjdougherty@icansucceed.org / 515-402-4211
Or set up appointment online
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