2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Beginning October 1, 2019, students can begin completing the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is the main college financial aid application students must complete in order to determine state and federal scholarship and/or grant qualification. All students should file the 2020-2021 FAFSA regardless of post-secondary plans!
Students and parents will utilize 2018 tax information to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible as some state/federal financial aid grants are first-come, first-served. Upon FAFSA completion, students will receive an email confirming their FAFSA submission, which will include FAFSA submission date and time. Students should save the confirmation email for their records.
In order to remain TN Promise eligible, students must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA by February 1, 2020.
Prior to FAFSA completion, the student and the student’s parent/guardian must create an FSA ID username and password at www.fsaid.ed.gov. This is the only site for FSA ID creation. The student and parent must have two working email accounts to create FSA IDs. The email addresses cannot be the same for the student and parent. It is recommended that students use a personal email address instead of a high school email as the email could be deactivated after graduation. Since FSA ID is the student and parent’s electronic signature, it is important that FSA ID information is stored in a secure place for future reference should changes need to be made after FAFSA submission.
After creating the FSA IDs, students must visit www.fafsa.gov to file the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Documentation needed in order to successfully file the 2020-2021 FAFSA:
- Student and parent/legal guardian FSA IDs
- 2018 Federal Tax Return or other income documentation
- Social Security number(s)
- Driver’s license (if any)
- 2018 tax information for student and parent/legal guardian(s)
- Most parents/legal guardians/students can import their 2018 tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via FAFSA.
- 2018 untaxed income records, such as child support received and veterans non-education benefits
- Current information on checking and savings account balances; stock, bond, and other investments; and business and farm assets
- Alien registration card (if student is not a U.S. citizen)
For help while filing the FAFSA, please contact the FAFSA helpline at 1-800-433-3243.