October 5, 2017


As most of you know the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, became available for the 2018-2019 school year on Sunday, October 1st. The FAFSA is one of the most important documents you will use throughout your college journey. Take a look at the 5 W’s below to help you out on your FAFSA.

WHY should you file the FAFSA?

When you file early, you will likely receive information on how much aid you qualify for before you receive admission notifications from colleges. This can help you decide how much you can afford, and which school will best meet your needs, both academically and financially.

WHEN should you file the FAFSA (what is the FAFSA 2018-2019 deadline)?

The 2018-2019 FAFSA is available for filing on or after October 1, 2017. The earlier you file, the more grant money you are likely to receive (up to twice as much). Filing early also helps to ensure you don’t miss FAFSA deadlines for state and college aid, such as TN Promise which has a January 16th, 2018 deadline.

WHERE do you file the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available for filing online at https://fafsa.ed.gov. Also, there is a paper FAFSA application but filing online can greatly speed up the review process and allows you to list up to ten potential colleges instead of four with the paper version. PSA: The FAFSA is always free to file, so be wary of websites mimicking the federal site or requesting a fee.

WHAT will I need to fill out the FAFSA?

  • Your Social Security Number

  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be