Apply each year: To be considered for financial aid, you must apply every year.
Apply early: Students who begin their application process after July 1 should be prepared to make their own payments when the fall bills are due.
Renewal Application: If you filed a FAFSA the previous year, you may file a Renewal Application on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The renewal application is accessed using your federal PIN number.
Complete either the Renewal Application or a new FAFSA, not both.
Use tax return information: Complete your FAFSA at the same time you complete your federal tax returns, if you are filing a tax return. Incorrect or estimated income information may cause delays in the processing of your financial aid.
Don't send anything to the federal processor but the FAFSA: The processor will destroy any extra documents included with your FAFSA.
Documents sent to the Financial Aid Office: Put the student's name, student ID number (if available), and the last four numbers of the student's social security number on all documents that you submit to the Financial Aid Office.