When should I complete the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is available October 1 of the year preceding your college attendance. You may complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year, using earlier income and tax information. 

  • For the 2020–2021 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2018 income and tax information.
  • For the 2021–2022 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2019 income and tax information.

Remember that financial aid is given on a year-by-year basis, and you must reapply each year.