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Completing the 2024-25 FAFSA

Completing the FAFSA Application

To complete the FAFSA go to and login with your FSA ID (username and password):

  • Choose to start your 2024-25 FAFSA.
  • Invite all appropriate contributors.
  • Provide Consent and Approval to transfer your federal tax information.
  • Complete all FAFSA questions.
  • Sign your FAFSA.
  • If you are the last contributor, Sign and Submit.

How to invite contributors to FAFSA

Inviting Contributors

The first person to start a student’s FAFSA (usually the student) will determine which other individuals will be required to provide information on their FAFSA and “invite” them to be a contributor. To invite someone, you will enter their full name, date of birth, social security number (SSN), and email address. Note, the email address cannot be the same as the student’s or any other contributor. Starting in 2024-25 contributors other than the student are not required to have a social security number.

FAFSA contributors

As soon as you invite a contributor, they will receive an email immediately. They may log in and work on their portion of the FAFSA at any time, even at the same time as the student or other contributors. All contributors must complete and sign the FAFSA before it may be submitted. The final contributor will be the one to submit the FAFSA.

Important: Once you invite contributors, all parties have 45 days to complete the FAFSA. Forms will be deleted after 45 days of inactivity.

What to do after submitting FAFSA

After the FAFSA - FAFSA Submission Summary

One to three days after submitting your FAFSA you will receive an email with your FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS). The FSS provides important information in four categories: 

  1. Eligibility Overview
  2. FAFSA Form Answers
  3. School Information
  4. Next Steps

Be sure to review your FAFSA Submission Summary carefully. You may correct your FAFSA if you find you made a mistake. 

FAFSA Application summary


What if I don’t want to do my FAFSA online? Is there still a paper FAFSA?

While there is still a paper FAFSA, students are STRONGLY encouraged to complete the FAFSA online. The online FAFSA will offer a secure and significantly faster process. If you choose to submit a paper FAFSA it could take weeks, if not months to process.

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