FAFSA.gov Offers Answers to Trending Questions About the Application

So you know that fafsa.gov is where you apply for federal student aid. But did you know that your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) information is also shared with your state’s financial aid agency so they can determine whether you qualify for state funds? 

Several states have FAFSA deadlines in early March, so we expect that over the next couple of weeks, a lot of people will be visiting fafsa.gov, and some of them—including you—may have questions about the form. You can find answers to questions that have been asked frequently in recent days or weeks by visiting fafsa.gov/help.htm.

Examples of trending questions include the following:

  • Which FAFSA should I submit: 2016–17 FAFSA or 2017–18 FAFSA?
  • I received an error that my name, date of birth, and Social Security number listed on the FAFSA do not match my FSA ID. What does that mean?
  • I’m a parent. How can I fill out a FAFSA if I can’t use my child’s FSA ID?
  • I’m a parent. How do I report education savings accounts (e.g., 529 college saving plans) correctly on the FAFSA?

Need more info before applying? Read about the FAFSA process and get helpful tips.