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Filing the FAFSA


To be considered for financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA also serves Louisiana residents as the recommended application for TOPS. If you are not from Louisiana, check with your state's higher education agency to see if an additional application is needed to be considered for state aid. We recommend you submit the online FAFSA.

Important Dates
October 1 FAFSA available for next academic year
March 1 Recommended filing date for the FAFSA
May 1 Filing deadline for priority financial aid processing

You can still apply after the deadline, but it could cause delays and hardships, so we encourage you to complete the process before May 1. Financial aid applications submitted after May 1 will be processed in the order received.


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Title IV school code is 002031.

Parent Information

Unless you can truthfully answer 'yes' to one of the dependency questions on the FAFSA, you'll need to provide your parents’ information.

If your parents are separated or divorced, use the parent with whom you lived the most within the past 12 months. If you lived with neither parent or lived with each parent an equal number of days, use the parent that provided the most financial support to you during the past 12 months. If that parent has remarried, you must include your stepparent's financial information on the application. Your parent and stepparent should report themselves as married on the FAFSA.


To file your FAFSA electronically, you'll need to apply for an FSA ID. This FSA ID will authenticate your identity and will be used for numerous federal financial aid processes. If you are a dependent student, who is assumed to have the support of parents, then at least one of your parents will need an FSA ID also. 

Your FSA ID can be used to:

  • Access to FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA on the Web and the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
  • Use the FSA ID as an electronic signature to sign the FAFSA or obtain a copy of your FAFSA information
  • Make online corrections to your FAFSA
  • Review your online loan and grant history on the National Student Loan Data System
IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

When filing your FAFSA On The Web (FOTW), you will be encouraged to use the IRS DRT, which will allow the U.S. Department of Education to access your tax year data directly from the IRS, rather than having you provide the data. This will ensure the most accurate aid award for you and may satisfy the need for further tax information if selected for federal verification.

Need More Help?

See the guide to Completing the FAFSA