Step 2: File the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed for every academic year that you wish to receive assistance. Each academic year begins with the fall semester and it ends with the following summer session.

The first step in the financial aid process is the completion of the FAFSA. The fastest and most accurate way to file is online by using FAFSA on the Web. Filers may sign with a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) available from the Department of Education's website.

If the parent's information is required on the FAFSA, the parent must also have a FSA ID to sign with the student. If you choose not to sign electronically, a signature page is available to print out. This page must be signed and mailed within a few days of transmission.

Please remember that the results of this analysis indicate the difference between what can be expected from the family and the cost of education. It shows the ability, not the willingness, of the student and their family to pay for their education.

The Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA information through an electronic process. We review the application information and other required forms before making a financial aid decision. This decision is offered as a notification of a financial aid award. Awards are communicated in writing to new students after students are admitted to a degree or certificate program and have completed all required documents. Continuing students are sent an email notification to their official Lander email address.