A question about fafsa?
when do i apply for fafsa for next year's school year (2009-2010)
- NotAnyoneYouKnowLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Each FAFSA is for an entire academic year, running August through July. The FAFSA that is currently available at the fafsa site is for the 2008-2009 school year, which will end at the conclusion of this year's summer semesters.
The new FAFSA (for 2009-2010) will be posted on or immediately after January 1st. It gets a little a confusing when that 2nd FAFSA goes up, because the current FAFSA will still be available for those students who are looking for spring and summer aid for this year.
As others have suggested, your goal should be to submit your FAFSA as early as possible. Though the applications are accepted pretty much any time during the year, every state has a FAFSA deadline, and so does every school. State aid and school aid is generally awarded from a limited pool of funds, and the funds are divided up amongst all qualified applicants who beat the deadline. Usually you'll see this called a "priority aid deadline". There will be some money available to students who miss the deadlines, but you'll be throwing away your chance to earn the largest possible amount of funding.
Keep in mind that completing the FAFSA requires that you and your parents have 2008 Federal and State Income Tax returns available. You'll be asked to enter information that appears on the tax returns that you and your parents have filed. The goal is to get your tax returns completed as quickly as possible, but you may need to wait for W-2s to arrive, before you can complete the forms accurately.
As you look through the websites for schools that interest you, be sure to keep an eye out for each school's aid deadlines. You'll almost always find that information somewhere in the financial aid section of the site. Remember - if you want to be considered for all possible forms of aid, you're going to want to get your FAFSA in before those deadlines. Don't forget it takes the Department of Education at least a week or two to analyze your FAFSA submission and get it out to your school, so you don't want to wait until the very last minute.
- 1 decade ago
The earliest time is January 1. The deadline for next year should be around March or April though. But they give out more money to those who apply earlier, so after the New Years celebration, stay up and apply! (As much as a party foul as that is. . .)
- 1 decade ago
The application opens up in January, but you do have to wait until your parents have filed their tax returns. So, its your job to push them to file as soon as possible. Once they've done their part, apply. Don't wait because much of financial aid is based on a first come, first served basis. Good luck!
- Anonymous7 years ago
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- 1 decade ago
Go to the FAFSA official website. There you will find the deadlines for your state.Source(s): www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Probably after January 1st. You will need a copy of your/your parents tax return to fill it out.