It takes most people less than an hour to complete and submit a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This includes gathering any documents or data needed, completing and reviewing the application, and reading the important information on the "Confirmation" page you'll receive after you sign and submit your FAFSA.

Independent students who are not required to provide parental information or students who submitted a FAFSA last year and who are doing a Renewal FAFSA take even less time on average.