Updated February 5th, 2017 – FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is an acronym for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students (undergraduate and graduate) in the United States to determine their eligibility for student loans. In addition to demographic and financial information, applicants are asked to list up to ten schools to receive the results of the application once it is processed. We are in no way affiliated with FAFSA, continue reading for FAFSA Login access.
Access FAFSA Login:
- Open your browser and go to fafsa.ed.gov
- Click the green “Login” button to open the login page.
- On the following page, enter the student’s name, social security number, and student’s date of birth to continue.
Students should file the FAFSA every year through fafsa.ed.gov, even if they got no financial aid other than loans during the previous year. The federal need analysis formula is complicated enough that even simple changes in the student’s circumstances may have a big impact on eligibility for need-based financial aid.
For example, an increase in the number of children in college may significantly reduce each child’s expected family contribution (EFC), thereby increasing their eligibility for financial aid. The formula also changes frequently, sometimes in significant ways (e.g., the addition of the small business exclusion, changes in the definition of parent and changes in the treatment of 529 college savings plans). Use your FAFSA Login to make sure you haven’t missed the FAFSA deadline 2016.
Rather than requiring applicants to file a completely new FAFSA application every year, the U.S. Department of Education can pre-fill FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) with some of the demographic data from the previous year’s FAFSA. This version of FAFSA on the Web is known as the Renewal FAFSA on the Web (www.fafsa.ed.gov). Having this renewal form makes it easier to make the FAFSA deadline 2016. (There is no longer a paper version of the Renewal FAFSA.) Applicants must then update any information that has changed since the previous year. They can also use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer data from their federal income tax returns to the FAFSA. If you feel you have missed the FAFSA deadline 2016, simply contact fafsa.ed.gov.
Six Simple Steps for Completing a Renewal FAFSA
Review the prior year’s FAFSA, Student Aid Report (SAR) and supporting documents. Gather this year’s financial information and other records.
||Get a PIN
If the student has forgotten his or her PIN, request a duplicate PIN on www.pin.ed.gov.
||Start a Renewal FAFSA
Complete the FAFSA online using the Renewal FAFSA on the Web (FOTW), which can be accessed at the same site as a new FAFSA, www.fafsa.ed.gov. If the student is eligible for the Renewal FAFSA, the site will allow the student to choose between a Renewal FAFSA and a new FAFSA.
||Complete Missing and Changed Information
Provide answers to the questions about income, assets, and taxes. Also, update any information that has changed since the previous year. Save and review work often.
||Submit and Sign the Renewal FAFSA
Submit the Renewal FAFSA.edu on the Web and sign it with the student’s PIN. If the student is a dependent student, the student’s parent will also have to sign it with the parent’s PIN. Print a copy of the Confirmation Page.
||Use Federal Income Tax Returns to Update Income, Asset and Tax InformationAfter the family has filed their federal income tax returns, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer information from the student’s (and parent’s, if applicable) federal income tax returns to the FAFSA. This will improve the accuracy of the student’s FAFSA. It will also reduce the likelihood that the FAFSA will be selected for verification, saving the family time and hassle.
A Student Aid Report (SAR), which shows the federal government’s conclusions about the student’s eligibility for federal student loans, based on the fafsa.ed.gov login information, is forwarded to the student. It shows the Expected Family Contribution, based on the information on the FAFSA, and comments on which need-based aid the student is eligible for. It is important to complete these forms so as not to miss the FAFSA deadline 2016.
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