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FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)


State law requires all high school seniors to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to graduate. The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance recommends that all students complete their FAFSA by February 1, 2022.

La. Bulletin BESE 741-901 (D) states that:

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, each graduating senior shall, as part of his individual graduation plan and as a requirement for graduation, complete at least one of the following steps to support a successful transition to postsecondary education or training:

  1. complete and submit to the U.S. Department of Education a free application for federal student aid; or
  2. a parent or legal custodian, or a student legally emancipated or of the legal age of majority, may certify a waiver in writing to the LEA if he refuses to complete such an application

How do I complete the FAFSA?

  1. Create a FSA ID
    1. Both the student and their parent will need to create separate accounts
      1. If a parent has multiple children going to college or in college, the parent will fill out a separate FAFSA for each student. However, the parent will only have one FAS ID to sign each students’ FAFSA.
      2. Parent and student should use separate working emails for their FAS ID.
    2. Visit https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch to create an FSA ID. You’ll need your:
      1. Social Security number,
      2. full name as it appears on your Social Security card,
      3. date of birth,
      4. and an email address (do not use your high school email).
  2. Gather documents needed to apply
    1. Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)
    2. Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
    3. Your driver’s license number if you have one
    4. 2020 federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 and IRS 1040 information for your parents
      1. You can also use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) which will electronically transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA form.
    5. Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
    6. Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student
  3. Sign into your FSA ID at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/.
  4. Select “Start a New FAFSA Form”
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the FAFSA. Make sure you do not leave required questions blank and that both you and your parent electronically signs the FAFSA.

Federal Student Aid FAFSA Application

Lela's FAFSA Completion Guide for the Class of 2022

If you need help completing the FAFSA, multiple organizations that offer free assistance are listed below:

  • LOSFA FAFSA Help – The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
  • FAFSA Completion Session – Louisiana Education Loan Authority (Lela) is Louisiana's FREE Resource for FAFSA Completion & College Access