Completing the FAFSA
FAFSA Process for 2020-2021
The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Anyone who wants financial aid for college will need to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA will be available October 1, 2019 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Here’s what you will need to know about Early FAFSA:
- On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- The FAFSA will be available on Oct. 1 rather than Jan. 1.
- Students attending college July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021 will be able to file the FAFSA on Oct. 1, 2019, using 2018 income tax data in a process known as Prior-Prior Year. Students are urged to use the IRS data retrieval tool to pull student and/or parent tax information into their FAFSA.
- All new and current (undergraduate and graduate) students must file the FAFSA on an annual basis. Prior-Prior Year does NOT mean that it covers multiple application years.
The FAFSA form is available online after Oct. 1. The form can be accessed at www.fafsa.gov, and Point Park’s school code is 003357. In order to be considered for all available aid, it is highly recommended that prospective and current students submit a FAFSA each year, preferably by the priority deadlines noted below.
Video: How to Fill Out the FAFSA
Video: Prior-Prior Year
When to submit your FAFSA
The earlier you file the better, but it is never too late to apply for financial aid.
|May 1||Priority deadline for Pennsylvania State Grant|
Students who complete the FAFSA may be selected by the federal government to have the information verified. Learn more about verification information.
Help is always available
FAFSA on the web has operators ready to assist you. Call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Point Park’s Office of Financial Aid also is available to help answer specific questions. Contact us anytime.