What's the difference between a FAFSA and a Renewal FAFSA?

The Renewal FAFSA is available to students who filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the previous award year. It uses demographic data from the previous year’s FAFSA to pre-fill this year’s FAFSA. This can significantly reduce the time it will take to complete the FAFSA. Students and their parents, if applicable, who complete a Renewal FAFSA will need to provide answers to the financial and tax questions on the FAFSA and to update any demographic information that has changed since the previous year’s FAFSA.