Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Applying for financial aid almost always begins with completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When students submit the FAFSA, they are applying for federal financial aid including grants, work-study funding, and loans.
The U.S. Federal Department of Education uses the information students, parents of students, and/or spouses of students provide on the FAFSA to determine the students' eligibility for federal financial aid. Many states, including Kansas, also use the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for state financial aid programs.
As the name implies, the FAFSA is free! There are no fees to process the FAFSA.
The FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN on May 10, 2015. If a student/parent has not logged in to a Federal Student Aid site (such as fafsa.gov or StudentLoans.gov) since May 10, you will need to create an FSA ID before you can log on in the future.
If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. (This will save you time when registering for your FSA ID.) If you’ve forgotten your PIN, don’t worry; you can either enter the answer to your PIN “challenge question” during the FSA ID registration process to link your PIN, or you can just create your FSA ID from scratch.
Both the student and the parents of students need to create an FSA ID and password with the U.S. Department of Education in order to apply online.
The results of a student's FAFSA are electronically sent to Kansas State University when our Federal School Code of 001928 is included on the FAFSA.
The K-State priority date to complete and submit the FAFSA is March 1 prior to the following academic year. For example, if a student plans to attend K-State during the 2016 -2017 academic year (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, or Summer 2017) he or she should complete the FAFSA by March 1, 2016 to meet the OSFA FAFSA priority date.