You can complete FAFSA applications beginning January 1st of every year. You should apply as early as possible. For instance, if you plan to attend college in the fall of 2020, you should submit your FAFSA as close as possible to January 1, 2020. Check each college’s website to see their independent FAFSA deadline. Since applications are due before annual taxes, you will have to use last year’s taxes to make estimates for certain financial question, however, your SAR will come after you have completed this year’s taxes. If you have made estimates, update your FAFSA with the correct information.
The Benefit Bank is a fast, free, and secure website for filing your taxes, completing the FAFSA, and various other financial services. When you file your taxes through the Benefit Bank it can automatically transfer that information to your FAFSA. If your family earns less than $57,000 a year, you are eligible for their services.
BenePhilly Centers at The People’s Emergency Center (as well as 5 other sites across the city) assists low-income families in Philadelphia with benefit services, free tax preparation and FAFSA completion.
Philly Goes2College offers one-on-one Financial Aid Appointments. You can request a Financial Aid appointment through this site.
Free Money 4 Philly is a citywide campaign designed to inform residents about updates to the FAFSA application process, share additional tools and resources for financing college and keep you up to date with local activities and events for support and technical assistance.