Understanding Financial Aid & FAFSA Deadlines
The window for filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened on October 1st -- which means you can file the FAFSA now!
Every college or university has their own preferred filing date for the FAFSA -- some as early as December 1st -- so check out www.ICANsucceed.org/priority to find the priority dates for the schools you are applying to.
You will use your parents’ tax information from 2018 to file the FAFSA for the 2019-20 school year.
Visit www.fafsa.gov to file the form.
This extended timeline is beneficial to you because it will allow you to receive your financial aid award letters early in the spring semester. This will give you more time to make a final decision about where you want to go to school. You may receive financial aid award letters as early as January or February, and you still have until May 1st to make your final decisions.
If you have questions about paying for college, or would like free help filing your FAFSA, ICAN offers free resources for college planning and financial aid. You can visit their website, www.ICANsucceed/apt to schedule an appointment, or call their toll free number, 877-272-4692 to talk to an advisor.
Fou can also visit a FAFSA Ready Iowa event which offers free assistance without an appointment. Visit www.icansucceed.org/fafsareadyiaevents to find a location near you.