FAFSA Overview

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Students need to complete the FAFSA to determine their eligibility for all federal and state aid programs. Students need to file the FAFSA each year they are in college in order to be considered for aid. Filing is FREE.

Eligibility: Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-residents can file a FAFSA. If a student is undocumented or has DACA status, they should file the ORSAA instead (see below).

Apply at: StudentAid.gov

Opens: October 1 -- Students should complete it ASAP each year they will be in college

Help Line: 1-800-4FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)

FSA ID (Create Your ID)

  • Students, parents, and borrowers are required to create and use an FSA ID (username and password) to complete the FAFSA.

  • Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing federal documents.

Tax Information (IRS Data Retrieval Tool)

  • Most people can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to directly link the FAFSA to your tax records with the IRS. This can eliminate the need to submit additional documentation to your college's financial aid office.

  • If you cannot use it, we suggest ordering a Tax Transcript right away because the financial aid offices will likely request this during the verification process. You can obtain a copy of Tax Transcripts online at www.irs.gov or by using the 4506-T.


The Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) is the state's alternative to the FAFSA. It is only for students who cannot file a FAFSA.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), other undocumented students, and students without a social security number are not eligible for federal aid such as the Pell Grant and federally subsidized loans. However, they may be considered for state funding. To collect financial need information, Oregon has created the ORSAA. Completing this application allows a student to be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant, the Oregon Promise Grant, and many of the scholarships operated by the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC).

Should I File the ORSAA?: Take this short quiz to see if you should file an ORSAA!

ORSAA Tip Sheet: This three-page guide (English) (Espanol) contains many common questions students, parents, and educators have about the ORSAA.

Opens: October 1 -- Students are encouraged to complete their ORSAA as soon as possible and to contact OSAC if they run into any difficulties during the process.