FAFSA Prep Checklist
It typically takes less than 30 minutes to complete the FAFSA if you work together as a family and gather what you need ahead of time.
If you are a U.S. citizen living abroad, please review these important notes.
To file the FAFSA, you (the student) need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) – a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. We recommend you complete this step about a week before you file the FAFSA.
If you are considered a dependent for federal aid purposes, at least one parent also needs an FSA ID. To determine who needs to report information on the FAFSA, please review this guide.
Parents should not create their student's FSA ID for them, nor should students create one for their parent(s). Parents and students should use unique email addresses and phone numbers to create their FSA IDs. Do not use the same email address or phone number as your parent for your FSA ID. View more FSA ID tips.
Depending on your circumstances, you (the student) may need:
If you are considered a dependent for federal aid purposes, at least one parent will also need most of the above information. If you are married, your spouse will need most of the above information.
The 2023–2024 FAFSA (for the school year beginning with the Fall 2023 semester) will collect 2021 financial information unless the question is specifically requesting current information.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has put together a helpful list of FAFSA Tips & Common Mistakes to Avoid. We recommend your family review this webpage together before filing the FAFSA.
Filing the FAFSA can be overwhelming, especially for the first time. Creating FSA IDs ahead of time, gathering documents now and setting aside some time to work together with your family will make the experience much less stressful.
Other questions may be directed to JBU's FAFSA Specialist: