How do you file your FAFSA?
When do you plan to attend U of I?
You will submit this FAFSA: 2018-19
You can submit the FAFSA from: October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019
You will use income and tax information from: 2016
You will submit this FAFSA: 2019-20
You can submit the FAFSA from: October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020
You will use income and tax information from: 2017
- Create an FSA ID. Students and parents will both need one.
- Visit the FAFSA website to enter your information. Remember to enter the University of Idaho's school code: 001626.
Questions? Email Student Financial Aid Services or call 208-885-6312, toll-free 888-884-3246.
Need to make changes to your FAFSA?
Review and correct your Student Aid Report (SAR) online by accessing the link sent by the federal government. Any changes you submit are forwarded to the university.
FAFSA helpful hints
- Prior to filing your FAFSA, attend Financial Aid Night at your high school.
- The FAFSA opens on October 1 for those planning on attending U of I from August 20, 2018 - August 2, 2019. The University of Idaho has a December 1 priority application date. In order to serve students and their families better, applicants who are admitted and submit their FAFSA by this date are assured full consideration for all scholarships and financial aid available and will receive their financial aid package before January 1. After December 1, the University will continue to admit students, award scholarships to qualified students, and process FAFSA applications on a rolling basis as they are received.
- No decimals. If your wages are $5,055.63, enter $5056.
- Enter your name exactly as it appears on your Social Security card.
- You (and a parent if parental information is included) will need to sign the FAFSA before submitting; your FSA ID will act as an electronic signature.
- Use this Who's My Parent? guide to figure out which parent's information to include on the FAFSA (depending on your family situation).
IRS Data Retrieval Tool
Parents and students shall use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to complete the income information on the FAFSA. This tool allows students and parents to import IRS tax return information to complete the FAFSA, preventing errors and reducing additional documentation requests. When using the DRT, income information will be masked in order to protect your privacy. Please contact the university's financial aid staff prior to making changes to the imported information, as altering it can delay the processing time of your FAFSA and will create unnecessary documentation requests. Download a step-by-step walk through of the IRS DRT.
If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
- It’s the easiest way to provide your income and tax data.
- It will speed up your financial aid application processing.
- It’s the best way of ensuring your FAFSA has accurate income and tax information.
- You won’t need to provide a copy of tax transcripts.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open for the 2018-19 academic year, and opens on Oct. 1 for the 2019-20 academic year.
Find out more about federal and state deadlines.