Students, parents: 2020-21 FAFSA can be filed starting Oct. 1

If you, or someone you know, is thinking about going to college, it’s never too early to begin researching and applying for financial aid.

Starting Oct. 1, you can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must complete a FAFSA each school year. If you have completed a FAFSA in the past, most of your information will roll over automatically. The deadline is June 30 the year after for when you are applying.

Items you may need in order to complete your FAFSA:

  • A federal Student Aid ID
  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License Number, if you have one (optional)
  • Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • W-2 Forms
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

More information about paying for college is available at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website, www.pheaa.org.

Remember, the first word in FAFSA is FREE, so there is no need to pay anyone to file the application on your behalf.