Time to fill out the 2018–19 FAFSA

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    It’s time for you to fill out the 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form if you are going to school between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.
    The 2018–19 FAFSA® form launched on Oct. 1. Complete your FAFSA form as soon as possible to maximize the amount of financial aid you may receive.
    The 2018–19 FAFSA® form requires 2016 income and tax information. At this point, most people have already filed their 2016 taxes and can transfer their tax information directly into the FAFSA form right away using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). If you’re eligible, this is the fastest, most accurate way to input your tax return information into the FAFSA form and it may reduce the amount of paperwork required by your school.
    Start Your FAFSA® Form

    1. Go to fafsa.gov.
    2. Click the green “Start A New FAFSA” button.
    3. Enter your (the student’s) FSA ID (username and password) on the left side. Remember: Do not share your FSA ID with anyone, including your parents.
    4. From the “My FAFSA” page, click the “FAFSA RENEWAL” button to begin.
    5. Create a save key. This is a temporary password that will let you (a) return to the application later if you don’t complete it right away and (b) share your application with your parent.
      Fill Out and Submit Your FAFSA® Form
       
      Help is available for every question in the “Help and Hints” boxes on the FAFSA form.
       
    6. Much of your information will be carried forward from last year. Review that information and update it as needed.
    7. Your income and tax information won’t be carried over, but you may be able to easily transfer the information from the IRS in the “Financial Information” section. Just select that you’ve “Already completed” taxes, and then click the “LINK TO IRS” button if it is presented to you.
    • Different from last year, your tax information will not be displayed when you use the IRS DRT. Instead, you’ll see “Transferred from the IRS” in the appropriate fields. This change was made to protect your sensitive tax information.
    • Once you’re done entering all your information, be sure to sign and submit the form. You aren’t done until you reach the “Confirmation” page, which you should read carefully and save for your records. 
    Deadlines
    As soon as possible after October 1, 2017 but no later than March 15, 2018 for priority consideration.
    Lamar State College Port Arthur requests that all documents be turned into the Financial Aid Office no later than April 1st for priority consideration.
     
    To start the FAFSA form, go to fafsa.gov.