Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Beginning October 1, 2022, students can begin completing the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at StudentAid.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 2023-2024 FAFSA regardless of post-secondary plans!
Students and parents will utilize 2021 tax information to complete the 2023-2024 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.
The deadline to submit the 2023-2024 FAFSA to remain eligible for TN Promise is March 1, 2023!
Click here for step-by-step instructions for FSA ID creation and FAFSA filing!
Step 1: FSA ID Creation
Prior to FAFSA completion, the student and the student’s parent must create an FSA ID username and password at StudentAid.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.
Step 2: File the 2023-2024 FAFSA
After creating FSA IDs, students must visit StudentAid.gov to file the 2023-2024 FAFSA.
Documentation needed in order to successfully file the 2023-2024 FAFSA:
- Student and parent FSA IDs
- 2021 Federal Tax Return or other income documentation
- Social Security number(s)
- Driver’s license (if any)
- 2021 tax information for student and parent
- Most parents/students can import their 2021 tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via FAFSA.
- 2021 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 reach out to our team or contact the FAFSA helpline at 1-800-433-3243.