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Filling out the FAFSA

Seven Easy Steps to Completing the FAFSA

When to File Your FAFSA

To receive priority consideration for all aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the U.S. Department of Education Federal Processor by February 15, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Timesome types of aid will be limited if your FAFSA is filed later.

Filing Your FAFSA Online

We encourage you to file your FAFSA online as it is the fastest and easiest way to file.

To file online:

  1. Request a federal FSA ID, which is your signature. Students and parents will both need a federal FSA ID.
  2. Visit the FAFSA Web site to enter your information. Remember to enter the University of Idaho's school code: 001626.
Students or parents who have questions about the FAFSA may contact Student Financial Aid Services.

Correcting Your FAFSA

Review your SAR (Student Aid Report), which the federal government sends you a link to access within a week of completing your FAFSA. Correct any errors online. The federal government will forward any changes you make to the University. Parents of dependent students will need to re-sign if any of their information was changed.

Instructions for Correcting Your FAFSA

  1. The easiest way to update tax information is to log onto the FAFSA website and make a correction using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which is explained in the video above.
  2. Go to the financial section for parents and/or students.
  3. Select the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to link with the IRS website.
    1. You will have to provide identifying criteria.
    2. This tool will automatically input all pertinent data into the FAFSA, eliminating errors and reducing the possibility of being selected for verification.
    3. You will have to update your wage information manually as that is not part of the retrieval tool.

FAFSA Helpful Hints and Links

  • Prior to filing your FAFSA, attend Financial Aid Night at your high school. A financial aid counselor will be available to answer any questions.
  • Priority deadline for filing FAFSA and applying for admission to the University of Idaho is February 15.
  • If your taxes have not been completed by the time you file your FAFSA, estimate the figures for your FAFSA or use last year’s tax return to complete the FAFSA. Remember to make corrections to your FAFSA after your taxes have been completed.
  • Do not include decimals in the information you provide. If your wages are $5,055.63, enter $5056.
  • It is important that your name is entered exactly as it appears on your Social Security card. If information is not correct, it could create a delay in getting your financial aid.
  • Be sure the FAFSA is signed by you (and a parent if including parental information) before submitting. You will both need a federal FSA ID that will act as an electronic signature.