The FAFSA should be completed in the early spring for the following fall. Aid is awarded on a rolling basis, first come-first served, with February 1st serving as a priority date. Late filers have fewer chances of getting aid. Only one application is required to determine eligibility. For Tennessee residents, the FAFSA will also determine eligibility for a Tennessee Student Assistance Award and the Tennessee HOPE Scholarship. Applications should be filed in January or February, whenever possible.

A family’s ability to contribute may fluctuate from year to year. Therefore, awards are made for one academic year only. Each applicant must apply annually. The FAFSA can be completed online at