Short answer: YES! You must submit your FAFSA every year, as your financial situation can change significantly year over year. Here are some tips I’ve received in the past:
- Submit early! FAFSA opens each year in October.
- Gather your most recent, accurate financial information. This ensures you get the best financial aid package available to you.
- Know your deadlines. There is a federal deadline, but many colleges have earlier deadlines that they require their students to meet.
I hope this helps!
Julia recommends the following next steps:
Please go directly to the official website that ends in.gov, https://fafsa.ed.gov/ There are some sites that will send email solicitations and direct you to their site that charges. The fasfa is free!! NEVER pay to complete this form, you can definitely do it yourself.
You must apply for federal student aid for every school year that you attend. To reapply, you should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you submitted a FAFSA last year, and you are eligible to complete a Renewal FAFSA, you may choose to have most of the questions pre-filled with the information you provided. Simply updating the information for the new school year on a Renewal FAFSA may be faster. However, the Renewal FAFSA is available solely for your convenience. If you prefer to start fresh with a new FAFSA, you are free to do so.