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Applying for Aid

The FAFSA

In order to apply for federal financial aid you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. The FAFSA opens every Oct. 1 and ASU's priority filing date is Jan. 1. Aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis so apply early.

Need help completing your FAFSA? By attending College Goal FAFSA events you will get answers to your questions and help completing your FAFSA. ASU will host sites as part of the College Goal FAFSA events taking place nationwide. All college bound and current students are invited. Not from Arizona? Find a College Goal FAFSA event near you. Simply scroll down to resources in your state on the Form Your Future website.


What do I need to file a FAFSA?

  • FSA ID, which you'll create at fsaid.ed.gov
  • Social Security number
  • driver license
  • bank statements
  • parent information (if you're a dependent)
  • W-2 forms and tax returns from two years ago (2015 return for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, and 2016 return for the 2018-2019 FAFSA) You may use an estimated income; however, ASU may require you to verify your income.

Determine what type of student you are below to find additional detailed information about applying for and using your financial aid.

Freshmen Students
Transfer Students
Current Students
Graduate Students
International Students
Special Circumstances


Calculate and Compare

Once you've submitted your FAFSA and received your Financial Aid Notifications from each school, compare your aid offers against the cost of attendance to understand your bottom line.