Do I have to fill out the FAFSA every year?

Yes, most academic financial aid offices require students to re-apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) every year they are enrolled in school.

One important reason to fill out the FAFSA every year: a student’s eligibility for financial aid can differ from year to year. Factors that can affect financial aid eligibility can include changes in the family’s economic status as well as the number of family members enrolled in college at the same time as the student.

After the first year in school, the student will be able to complete a Renewal FAFSA, which will prefill the application with information from the previous year’s FAFSA.

Check out the tutorial for the current FAFSA form.