What is the FAFSA?

The U.S. Department of Education uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to evaluate a family's eligibility for federal student financial aid programs such as the Pell Grant, Work-Study, and federal student loans. Detailed information on federal student aid programs is available at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Many other organizations also use it to determine eligibility for their financial aid programs. The ACPE uses information from the FAFSA to award:

The FAFSA is also required to qualify for many campus-based and private scholarships.


Complete the FAFSA Now!

The FAFSA becomes available on October 1 each year. October 2019 is the best time to file the FAFSA if you plan to start school in the fall of 2020. File the FAFSA as early as possible – some institutions have very early FAFSA deadlines – check with your school's Financial Aid Office to find out.

Some programs may have later deadlines. The priority deadline to file the FAFSA for the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) and the Alaska Education Grant (AEG) 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.

To file the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you will have to use 2018 tax information. If your financial situations has changed substantially between then and the time you file the FAFSA, complete the FAFSA anyway, and talk to your school's Financial Aid Office about your circumstances.

Remember that you will need to submit a new FAFSA every year while attending school. Fill out your FAFSA at studentaid.ed.gov.


Get Free Help!

Get free expert assistance filing the FAFSA during one of many FAFSA Time Alaska events. For dates, times, and locations, check the Map of FAFSA Events on FAFSA Time Alaska Website.


How is Your School Doing?

The Federal Student Aid site offers a tool that shows how many students at your school have completed the FAFSA.