Wondering how to start applying for financial aid? The FAFSA is your first step! Here’s what you need to know about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
SEU’s code for FAFSA purposes is 001521.
Students can file a FAFSA as early as October 1 rather than beginning on January 1. This earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. With this change, each year’s FAFSA will be based on earlier income information. Students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their income information based on the chart below.
The FAFSA had historically been available on January 1, allowing students to apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year, beginning in the Fall. In 2015, significant changes were made to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. You can submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 each year, and you’ll use earlier income information.
The U.S. Department of Education Website is a great resource for additional information. They’ve even released a FAFSA mobile app on the App Store and on Google Play.
This table provides as summary of key details as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.
|When a Student is Attending College |
|Earliest Student Can Submit a FAFSA||Which Year’s Income Information is Required|
|July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022||Beginning October 1, 2020||2019|
|July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023||Beginning October 1, 2021||2020|
|July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024||Beginning October 1, 2022||2021|
|July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025||Beginning October 1, 2023||2022|
|July 1, 2025 – June 30, 2026||Beginning October 1, 2024||2023|
Note: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to applying for financial aid, including Federal Student Aid programs (such as Federal Pell Grants, Student Loans and Work Study), and SEU grants and scholarships.