2015-2016 FAFSA Tutorial 1st Time User- Start Here
If you are renewing your FAFSA, follow the step-by-step instructional video below:
You should complete a new FAFSA every year as soon as your Federal taxes have been processed by the IRS. Please review "Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Student Aid" provided by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
Should you not be able to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via the FAFSA, you may request an IRS Tax Transcript On-line on the IRS Website.
The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by the Department of Education using your FAFSA tax information. This is based on both your income and assets as well as your parents’, unless you are considered independent.
To be considered independent:
For financial aid purposes, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Born before January 1, 1991 for the 1516 aid year
- Born before January 1, 1992 for the 1617 aid year
- Married status, by the day you complete the FAFSA
- Have legal dependents, considered by the U.S. Department of Education as children you support financially more than 50% of the time
- Enrolled in a graduate degree program
- An orphan or ward of court
- Have a legal guardian that is other than a birth parent
- Active or veteran status with the U.S Armed Forces
When EFC is more than the cost of attendance: