The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year opens on October 1, 2019 at fafsa.gov. The aid application process is annual, and students must reapply for financial aid each year. Students should submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA if they will be enrolled for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021 semesters.
Applying for Aid
NC State University has a priority filing deadline of March 1, 2020. However, due to the high number of FAFSA applications received, grant funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis; therefore, it is important to submit the FAFSA and any other requested information as soon as possible. Students may be required to submit information in addition to the FAFSA. This additional documentation, if required, must be submitted in order to be considered for financial aid. The FAFSA and additional documents should be submitted as early as possible in order to optimize aid eligibility.
The 2020-2021 FAFSA requires 2018 tax and income data. The most reliable way to complete the FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the online IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA application. As an added security measure, when linking to the IRS website from the FAFSA website, applicants will not be able to see the tax data on the DRT web page, nor will it be visible on the FAFSA website when transferred into the FAFSA form.
FAFSA Has an App!
The FAFSA website has been redesigned and a mobile app has been developed. Starting October 1, students and parents can download the myStudentAid mobile app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play. These two improvements should make it easier to complete the FAFSA.