Great Advice for Parents 2020

Start the FAFSA form at


• Go to and click “Start Here” under the “New to the FAFSA Process?” heading.

• Once on the log-in page, you will see two options. If you are starting the FAFSA form on behalf of your child, choose the option on the right, “I am a parent, preparer, or student from a Freely Associated State.”

• Enter your child’s name, Social Security number, and date of birth. Then, click next.

If you are the parent, read The Parent’s Guide to Filling Out the FAFSA Form.

- Choose which FAFSA form you’d like to complete. 2020–21 FAFSA form if your child will be attending college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. - 2021–22 FAFSA form if your child will be attending college between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. - Both: If your child will be attending college during both time periods and hasn’t completed the 2020–21 FAFSA form yet, complete that first, wait until it processes (one to three days), then go back in and complete the 2021–22 FAFSA form after. - Were you given the option to submit a FAFSA Renewal? If your child is present, you should choose this option. If you do, a lot of the demographic information required will be pre-populated. Your child must be present because he or she will need to enter the student’s FSA ID to continue. If your child is not present, you should select “Start NEW FAFSA.” • Create a save key . A save key is a temporary password that allows you and your child to “pass” the FAFSA form back and forth. It also allows you to save your child’s FAFSA form and return to it later. Once you create a save key, share it with your child. He or she will need it to complete later steps.

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