How to Access Last Year's FAFSA

by Carol Luther ; Updated June 28, 2018
How to Access Last Year's FAFSA

Colleges in the U.S. require students who want to apply for a number of scholarships, grants and loans to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to the U.S. Department of Education. You can file the application, known as FAFSA, online or by mail. Electronic filers use the FAFSA website to complete FAFSA forms, upload documents and to retrieve electronic copies of previously completed applications. To access a previous FAFSA, you first must use the sign-in information you used to register at a different Department of Education website: Federal Student Aid. With this ID, you can complete forms at the FAFSA, Student Loans and Student Aid websites.

FAFSA Online Access Registration

To create an account and get an ID on the Federal Student Aid website, you must provide a personal email address. Student Aid users cannot share email addresses. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents must register and create a separate FSA ID, using a different email address. To register, you need to provide your full legal name, birthdate and Social Security number. Then, you can choose your FSA username and assign a password to your account. Allow one to three days for Student Aid to receive verification from the Social Security Administration of the information that you and your parents submitted when registering for your FSA identification numbers.

Retrieve Previous FAFSA Data

When Federal Student Aid sends you confirmation of your completed registration, you can log in to the FAFSA website with your new FSA ID to complete your application. You'll want to remember your username and password because you'll need it to view and download your previous FAFSA information next year. When you click the Login button on the FAFSA website, you will see two options for signing in to see a previous FAFSA.

Students access their applications by submitting their own FSA ID on the left side of the pop-up Login page but parents do not. Parents must click the radio button next to the "Fill in Student Information" option on the right side of the Login page. Parents then enter their child’s full name, Social Security information and date of birth to start the login process. Once this information page is finished, parents can proceed to the page that allows them to enter their personal FSA ID. After they log in, your parents can view, print or download previous FAFSA data on the Parent Financial Information page.

About the Author

Carol Luther has published feature articles in print magazines, ghostwritten blogs, and produced digital content since 2007. She has published personal finance and small business articles for the Houston Chronicle, Mahalo, the Nest, USA Today, Wahm, and Zacks. Carol has designed, implemented and managed multi-year, multimillion-dollar domestic and international projects services for higher education, nonprofits, and small to medium businesses for more than 20 years.

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