2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Beginning October 1, 2019, students can begin completing the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Students and parents will file FAFSA utilizing 2017 tax information.
Prior to FAFSA completion, the student and a parent/guardian will each need to create an FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov. Upon FAFSA completion, students will receive an email confirming their FAFSA submission, which will include FAFSA submission date and time. Students should save this email for their records.
Documentation needed in order to successfully file the 2020-2019 FAFSA:
- Student and parent/legal guardian FSA IDs
- Student and a parent/legal guardian must apply for two separate FSA IDs (one student, one parent/legal guardian) at fsaid.ed.gov. This is how the student and parent/legal guardian will electronically sign the FAFSA and log onto the FAFSA to make any edits, if needed. It is important that this information is stored in a secure place for future reference.
- 2018 Federal Tax Return or other income documentation
- Social Security number(s)
- Driver’s license (if any)
- 2018 tax information for student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s)
- Most parent(s)/legal guardian(s)/students will upload their 2017 tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool via FAFSA.
- 2018 untaxed income records, such as child support received and veterans non-education benefits
- Current information on checking and savings account balances; stock, bond, and other investments; and business and farm assets Student alien registration card (if student is not a U.S. citizen)
Remember: Students cannot file the 2020-2021 FAFSA before October 1, 2019. If a student needs assistance while completing the FAFSA, the student can contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center - 1.800.433.3243. TN Promise applicants must submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov by February 1, 2020 to remain eligible for TN Promise.