Returning students who have received need-based financial aid in the past should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) every year.
The Department of Education enables the next award cycle on October 1st. The priority deadline for returning students is April 15th. To complete the FAFSA prior-prior year tax year information must be used. For example, if you are completing the 2018-19 FAFSA you would use 2016 tax information. You should have your tax returns and your parent(s) tax returns, W2’s, and bank statements available to complete the application.