To apply for federal financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA. You may complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or you may complete the paper version available in high school guidance offices, local libraries and the college financial aid office.
You may choose any of these three methods to file a
Login to apply online (Recommended) or
- Complete a PDF FAFSA (Note: PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing) or
- Request a paper FAFSA by calling: -800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 319-337-5665. If you are
hearing impaired, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.
Complete a PDF FAFSA
Select the school year for which you are applying for financial aid. For example,
if you plan to attend college between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, click
The 2020-2021 School Year (July 1,2020 – June 30, 2021).
If you are applying for a summer session, check
with your college to verify which application you should complete.
PDF FAFSA is available for you to print and fill out manually or is
screen-fillable. Screen-fillable means you can enter your data on the
screen before printing. Please note that if you choose this option you
will not be able to save your data to your PC.
* Be sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information and transfer the data directly into your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the IRS website.
Why use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?
1.) It's the easiest way to provide your tax data.
2.) It's the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax information.
3.) You will not need to provide a copy of your tax returns to your school.