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Do I need to file a FAFSA yearly while in school?



Yes. Every year that a student is attending college and wishes to be considered for most types of financial aid, they must file a FAFSA application.

Each academic year has its own FAFSA, so make sure that you file the FAFSA for the financial year for which you need aid. The 2014-2015 FAFSA is used to apply for aid for the 2014-2015 academic year, the 2015-2016 FAFSA is used to apply for aid for the 2015-2016 academic year, etc.

An academic year is the 12 months from July 1 to June 30. You have a 21 month window to file the FAFSA for that academic year, beginning on the October 1st before the academic year, and ending on the June 30th at the end of following the academic year. For example:

  • File the 2017-2018 FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year any time between October 1st, 2016 and June 30th, 2018.

In general, applying as soon as possible each year gives you a better chance of getting the greatest amount of aid.


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