January 1st through February 15th (starting in your senior year in high school) is the best time to submit your FAFSA. However, some institutions have earlier FAFSA deadlines – check with your financial aid office to find out.
Did you know you can file the FAFSA before your taxes? You can use estimated information to meet deadlines, and file a correction once your taxes are complete.
Many programs also have later deadlines. The deadline to file a FAFSA for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and Alaska Education Grant is June 30. Don't hesitate to file your FAFSA later in the year even if you missed the best time to file - you may still qualify for some aid.
Remember that you need to submit a new FAFSA every year while you attend school. Fill out your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.