Tips for Completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA

If you and your student have not established a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) and password, you will need to do so prior to completing the FAFSA; note each of you will need to obtain a separate FSA ID. This will be used to sign in and compete the FAFSA. Please remember to add ASU as a school to receive your FAFSA. Our school code is 002906.

Please be aware that your student will be able to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017, rather than having to wait until January 1, 2018.

A second important change is that the FAFSA uses income and tax information from two years prior. For example, the 2018-2019 FAFSA will use 2016 income and tax information. We encourage you and your student to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which is built into the FAFSA and allows you to import IRS data directly into the FAFSA. This is the most accurate and time efficient way to submit tax information. Note that you must use 2016 income and tax information when filling out the FAFSA; if your family has experienced significant changes in income since 2016, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.


The Financial Aid Office will hold a FAFSA Day on Saturday, October 28 on the second floor of the John E. Thomas building. Financial Aid advisors will be available from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon to provide assistance with completing the FAFSA and to answer any FAFSA related questions. You can register to attend FAFSA day through the College Foundation of NC website or simply come by during the event hours.

Should you or your student have questions about applying for financial aid, or would like additional information about the 2018-19 FAFSA, please visit the Federal Student Aid website or call the toll free line at 800-433-3243.

You can also contact the Office of Student Financial Aid as our staff is committed to helping answer your financial aid questions. Please visit our website for details about our contact information and counselor walk-in hours. To ensure the clearest communication regarding your student’s financial aid, please have them include you under their Parent Access portal. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prohibits our office from discussing most information with any parent or guardian not authorized under Parent Access. For more information on setting up the Parent Access portal, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.

Office of Student Financial Aid