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FAFSA Guidance

Submitting a FAFSA

There are numerous reports the process is not working well or consistently for those without a Social Security Number. We encourage repeated attempts to obtain an FSA ID and submit the FAFSA online; however, if unable to complete and submit the online FAFSA, the student and their FAFSA contributors should download and complete the paper FAFSA then mail it to the address on the form. IMPORTANT NOTE: Even after the paper FAFSA is mailed, the student and FAFSA contributors are strongly encouraged to continue to attempt to complete the online FAFSA because paper FAFSAs have a very long processing time and the sooner a FAFSA (either version) is completed and submitted, the better. If there is a duplicate submission, the first one in the system is the primary record.

  • The above guidance is for individuals who are not the student submitting the FAFSA, but instead is for parents or spouses. Students without a Social Security Number are typically not eligible for federal financial aid (see this information for more detailed guidance related to who is eligible obtain an FSA ID without a Social Security Number).
Last Updated: 1/30/24