You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every school year you want to be considered for federal student aid. The Renewal FAFSA is a way for you to save time and reapply without having to fill out the whole application each year. Much of your information is carried forward into a Renewal FAFSA.

If you submitted a FAFSA last year, you may be able to start a Renewal FAFSA using your FSA ID. You must update any pre-filled information that has changed since last year and provide the financial information requested.

Only you, the student, can start a Renewal FAFSA using your FSA ID. If you are a dependent student and your parent helps you with your FAFSA, you should start the Renewal FAFSA, save it and give the Save Key (a short, temporary passcode you will be asked to create) to your parent for them to access your FAFSA. This video helps your parent work on your FAFSA without using your FSA ID.