The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Introduction

Each year, students and parents of undergraduate dependent students wishing to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study must complete the appropriate Award Year FAFSA: 

  • As of October 1st, 2020, students can complete the 2021-22 FAFSA to apply for the 2021-22 Award Year, which includes Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022
  • As of October 1st, 2021, students will be able to complete the 2022-23 FAFSA to apply for the 2022-23 Award Year, which includes Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023

The FAFSA can also be used to apply for the HOPE Scholarship and the Zell Miller Scholarship, but remember the FAFSA must be completed each Award Year.

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 2021-2022 FAFSA" to apply for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022, OR
      • Select “START 2022-2023 FAFSA” to apply for Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023 (available October 1st, 2021).
      • The UGA Federal school code is 001598.
  • OSFA strongly encourages you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your tax information into the FAFSA.

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.