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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. 15. Aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis so apply early.

Fafsa timeline

Fafsa timeline

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 (2018 return for the 2020-2021 FAFSA, and 2019 return for the 2021-2022 FAFSA, which will be available October 1, 2020.) 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.

First Year Students
Transfer Students
Current Students
Graduate Students
Online 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.