Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

The Federal Student Aid office provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.

The online application process opens on January 1 of each year for the following school year.

The first step in the process is to create a FSA ID, both student and parent must create a FSA ID in order to electronically sign the FAFSA. It is important to keep this login information handy as it will be used every year a student is in college.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the FAFSA click here.

To access the FAFSA website directly click here.