Because financial and family circumstances can change from year to year, you must complete the FAFSA each academic year you wish to receive financial aid.
The FAFSA Renewal is for students who have already completed the FAFSA the previous year. If you qualify to submit a FAFSA Renewal, your school or the U.S. Department of Education will notify you in advance.
To renew the FAFSA online, go to www.fafsa.ed.gov and enter your PIN to access your original FAFSA.
The answers from your original application are pre-filled, reducing the time it would normally take to answer all questions on the FAFSA. You need to enter only the information that has changed since last year.
If you opt to renew a paper FAFSA, you will automatically receive a paper FAFSA in the mail and you must complete the entire paper application.
In addition to renewing your FAFSA, be sure to meet your FAFSA renewal deadline. Returning college students tend to have later deadlines, often after April 1.
If you’re unsure, contact your school’s financial aid office about the deadline for FAFSA renewal.