The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the key document you’ll need to fill out and submit in order to receive need-based aid from your chosen college or university, and you can fill it out anytime after January 1 of the year you plan on enrolling in college.
For more information about the FAFSA—how it works, what you’ll need, and how it determines your EFC—please see Chapter 2, “The Basics.”
For current federal regulations and FAFSA FAQs:
The official website for FAFSA:
The CSS PROFILE: