All students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, even those who don’t qualify for need-based aid. Student may submit the FAFSA as early as January 1, and sooner is definitely better than later!
The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for a variety of student aid sources. As time passes, financial aid sources are depleted of funds and are no longer available. Students who submit their FAFSA in January have access to a significantly larger pool of funding sources than those who submit their application in June.
Students are encouraged to complete and submit their FAFSA as soon as they have completed their tax return for the year. This provides students with the best opportunity to receive additional funds.
Note: The Rio Salado College school code for the FAFSA is 014483.