Federal Financial Aid: The FAFSA Can Be Your Friend!
Federal Direct Loans, PELL Grants, and other government options are widely available resources to help students accomplish their goals of attaining a college education. Here are some pointers...

To apply for federal student aid, prospective students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To have information sent to BYU, students will enter BYU's school code (003670) when prompted. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and quick, and it gives students access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college.

Before beginning, students will need the following:

  • Social Security Number
  • Financial documents for the applicable year (see chart below)
  • Federal income tax returns for student, parent, or spouse
  • W-2s or income statements for student, parent, or spouse
  • Current bank statements

Students will need to create an FSA ID to log in and sign the FAFSA. If a dependent student, parents will also need to create an FSA ID.

College From:
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Using Income/Tax
Information From
July 1, 2016 -
June 30, 2017
2016-17 January 1, 2016 -
June 30, 2017
July 1, 2017 -
June 30, 2018
2017-18 October 1, 2016 -
June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018 -
June 30, 2019
2018-19 October 1, 2017 -
​June 30, 2019

When the FAFSA has been submitted and processed by Federal Aid Administrators, applicants are sent a Student Aid Report (SAR).  Students will review the report to make sure it is accurate and go back to the electronic application at fafsa.gov to make any  necessary corrections.

The SAR provides the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) figure, which is the amount the government determines a family should be able to contribute toward a student's college expenses (this amount is not actually required to be paid). The EFC is used to determine eligibility for need-based aid (e.g. Federal Pell Grants and Subsidized Direct Loans). All data used to calculate the EFC comes from the information provided on the FAFSA. 

For answers to FAFSA FAQs, click here:  https://financialaid.byu.edu/fafsa-faqs

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