Complete your FAFSA

2017-18 Early FAFSA Updates

  • Apply every year online at
  • UWM School Code: 003896
  • File the 2016-17 FAFSA to get aid for the Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 terms.
  • NEW! Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, the FAFSA will be available as early as October 1 prior to the fall semester, and will use tax information from two years prior (for the 2017-18 year, file October 1, 2016 using tax information from 2015.)
  • Apply Early! Some programs run out of funding.
    • Since you’ll be using your 2015 tax information, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool using these steps.
    • The final date to submit a FAFSA is June 30 AFTER the academic year is over. (i.e., June 30, 2017 for the 2016-17 academic year)
      • You must still be enrolled in classes for financial aid to be offered.

Avoid these common FAFSA mistakes!

A Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) is needed to sign the online FAFSA.

  • Create while completing the FAFSA or in advance here.
  • Watch this video to learn more, then follow these steps to complete the registration.
  • Do not create an FSA ID for anyone else.
  • Do not use the same email as anyone else when creating.
  • Keep a record of your FSA ID to use throughout your academic career.

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