This page will help walk you through the process of both understanding what FAFSA is and completing the application.  Just follow the steps! 

1.  Watch this video on the "FAFSA Overview"

2.  Get a Federal Student Aid ID- It's easy and takes less than 5 minutes.  Your parents can get theirs here, too.
3.  Gather the following items:
  • Your
    • Social Security Number
    • Driver's License Number (if you have one)
    • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your parents'
    • most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
    • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
    • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • A Federal Student Aid ID to sign electronically. (If you do not already have one, visit to obtain one.) You did this above in #2.

If you are an independent student, then you will also need most of the above information for yourself.  Click on the link to see if you are legally considered a "dependent" or "Independent student."

 4. View the questions asked on the  FAFSA Worksheet (optional)

5.  Watch this video on "Completing the FAFSA"

6.  Complete the FAFSA online at:

Other helpful FAFSA videos:
    -FAFSA:  Determining Your Dependency Status

Not a US citizen? Not a problem!
Wondering if you need to complete the FAFSA or TASFA?  Here's the answer:

Complete the TASFA for financial aid for non-citizen Texas students.  The NEW open application date is October 1 for FAFSA as well as TASFA.
TASFA application in English:

 TASFA application in Spanish:
For more information google "TASFA application"