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You can create an FSA ID when logging into certain ED websites, including this one. Create an FSA ID now.

The FSA ID process consists of three main steps:

  1. Enter your log-in information.
    • Provide your e-mail address, a unique username, and password, and verify that you are at least 13 years old.
  1. Enter your personal information.
    • Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
    • Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
    • For security purposes, provide answers to five challenge questions.
  1. Submit your FSA ID information.
    • Agree to the terms and conditions.
    • Verify your e-mail address. (Note: By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain ED websites. This verification also allows you to retrieve your username or reset your password without answering challenge questions.)

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, 2018 and June 30, 2019, click The 2018-2019 School Year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

If you are applying for a summer session, check with your college to verify which application you should complete.

The 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. 
 
 
You must complete a FAFSA every year. The Department of Education starts accepting the FAFSA on October 1 of each year. The FAFSA must be received by the federal processor no later than March 1 to receive the fullest consideration for MD State grants.
 
It is best to start applying for financial aid as soon as the FAFSA is available each year.
Students can use the MyFA portal to review, accept, and decline their financial aid 24 hours a day from any location. Students will be emailed a notification when it is time to accept their financial aid. You can view the guide to "Accessing MyFA - Financial Aid Tool" which can be found under "Financial Aid Forms"