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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting October 1, 2017 for the 2018-19 academic year.  Students will use tax information from 2016 to submit the 2018-19 FAFSA.  Read some helpful tips to avoid common FAFSA errors which could delay your application. 

IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Students and parents who are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) can automatically transfers tax information into the FAFSA application.  

For more information on transferring your income tax return through the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA application, click here.


FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a FSA ID?

    You are not required to have an FSA ID to complete and submit a FAFSA on the web application.  However, it is the fastest way to sign your application and have it processed.  It is also the only way to access your data online.  If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create an FSA ID.

  • What will I need to fill out the FAFSA?

    To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), will need:

    • Your Social Security Number
    • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
    • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
    • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
    • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

    If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s).

  • Do I have to apply for admission before I list Angelo State University on my FAFSA?

    Nope!  Our FAFSA school code is 003541.  List us and we’ll get your FAFSA application!

  • What if my parents’ (or my) marital status has changed since we filed 2016 taxes?

    Here are some tips for this type of situation:

    • The FAFSA asks for marital status “as of today” (the day it’s filled out). So if the student or parent is married now but wasn’t in 2016 (and therefore didn’t file taxes as married), the spouse’s income will need to be added to the FAFSA.
    • Similarly, if the student or parent filed 2016 taxes as married but is no longer married when filling out the FAFSA, the spouse’s income will need to be subtracted.
    • And if the student or parent was married when filing 2016 taxes, then got divorced and is now married to someone else, there’s a bit more math to do: Subtract the ex’s income, then add the new spouse’s income.
    • The help text in fafsa.gov will discuss all these situations.
  • Will my 2017-18 FAFSA information be carried over onto the 2018-19 FAFSA?

    If you choose the Renewal FAFSA option when you start your application at www.fafsa.gov, some basic information from your 2017–18 FAFSA will be prepopulated in your 2018–19 FAFSA. However, your tax and income information will not. (Too much could have changed in your life since you filled out the 2017–18 FAFSA.)

  • Are deadlines now earlier?

    Yes and no.  The federal deadline hasn’t changed, but remember: some aid is first-come, first served, so it is always in your best interest to complete the application as soon as possible.

  • Can I use 2017 income and tax information for the 2018-19 academic year?

    No. 2017 income and tax information will be used when you apply for the 2019-20 academic year; however, if you have special circumstances such as loss or income or high medical expenses you can submit forms to our office.