The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Introduction

Step 1:  Get Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID

Step 2:  Complete Your FAFSA

  • Prior to completing the actual FAFSA on the Web, we strongly encourage students and parents of undergraduate dependent students to review the U.S. Department of Education's StudentAid.gov website on filling out the FAFSA.
  • Once you are ready to begin the FAFSA.
    • Go to the FAFSA on the Web and click on “Start a New FAFSA”
    • Once you Login with your Federal Student Aid ID,
      • Select "START 2017-2018 FAFSA" to apply for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, (Available October 1, 2016) OR
      • Select “START 2016-2017 FAFSA” to apply for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017.
      • The UGA Federal school code is 001598.
      • If you qualify to do so, be sure to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Process when provided the opportunity.  

Step 3:  After you have submitted your FAFSA to the Central Processing System (CPS), watch for your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Step 4:  Provide the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) any of the following documentation they request from you.

Step 5:  Once all of your financial aid requirements are satisfied, and if you meet the Basic Student Eligibility Requirements OSFA will be able to award you the federal financial aid for which you are otherwise eligible.

See Your Award Status to access your Application Status on Athena, or your Awards on Athena.