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.
      • *UPDATE 3/14/2017: The IRS has issued a statement indicating the tool may be unavailable for several weeks. If you have not already submitted your FAFSA, you will have to manually complete the income information section. Pay careful attention during this process and use 2015 tax year information ONLY!
    • 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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