After you have created an FSA ID, you can go to www.fafsa.gov to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Completing the FAFSA online is recommended, however, you can request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID. It is important to be aware that paper FAFSA’s must be mailed in and take longer to process.
The FAFSA becomes available October 1st each year for the next academic year. For example, the 2018-2019 FAFSA, which includes the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, becomes available October 1, 2017. A new FAFSA must be completed each academic year.
Per federal regulations, the FAFSA requires tax information for two years prior to the academic year for which you are applying. For example, for the 2018-2019 academic year, the FAFSA requires 2016 tax information.
When filing the FAFSA, we highly recommend that you utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer your tax information directly onto the application. This feature makes filing the FAFSA easier, quicker, and more accurate.
Each academic year, Washburn University receives a limited amount of supplemental federal funding and state grants for students who meet certain need-based criteria. These funds are awarded to eligible undergraduate students in date order received of completed FAFSA’s. Due to the fact that these funds are limited, we strongly advise students to complete their FAFSA by Washburn University’s November 15th priority date.
To have your FAFSA sent to Washburn University, be sure to include our school code 001949 on your application.
Click here to watch a video about how to fill out the FAFSA.