Get Ready to File
Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 of your
senior year in high school and each year you intend to attend
college. To complete the FAFSA you will need access to your
parents' tax returns (if you are a
dependent student) or your own return (independent students).
Use the new FAFSA WHEN? Calculator to figure out when to
file and which tax return to use.
Before you start your FAFSA, prepare all the information you
will need to complete it by following the steps below. Don't skip
the worksheet step; it will help you learn what types of questions
you must answer about yourself, about your parent(s) (if you are a
dependent student), as well as which documents you should have
available while completing the FAFSA online.
Download and complete
the FAFSA On the Web Worksheet.
- Create your FSA ID.
What is an FSA
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in
to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites such as the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) website at
Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents
electronically. It has the same legal status as a written
signature. Don't give your FSA ID to anyone-not even to someone
helping you fill out the FAFSA. Sharing your FSA ID could put you
at risk of identity theft!
If you are a parent of a dependent
student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your
child's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one child
attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all
applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique
3. Start the FAFSA Transfer Module.
If you use our transfer module,
information pertinent to the FAFSA that you have entered in your
CollegeInColorado.org profile will be transferred automatically
into the FAFSA, saving you some typing. Alternatively, you can go
directly to the FAFSA Website.