The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


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, 2019, students can complete the 2020-21 FAFSA to apply for the 2020-21 Award Year, which includes Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021
  • 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

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 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 2020-2021 FAFSA" to apply for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, OR
      • Select “START 2021-2022 FAFSA” to apply for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022 (available October 1st, 2020).
      • The UGA Federal school code is 001598.

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.