Parent Question:  If a student never completed the FAFSA, but graduated high school and is now attending a university, can they still apply for financial aid? Where would they do so? Is there a deadline for applications?
Thanks,  Parent of a Utah student


Reply from Katie Wornek, StepUp Utah Paying for College Expert:

Thank you for your question. Yes, if a student is currently enrolled in college for this school year, they can still complete the FAFSA:

    1. First, they will need to visit to create an FSA ID (username and password for the FAFSA)


    1. The student will then need to log into and complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA before June 30, 2019. If the student gets stuck or has questions, we made a walk-through video demonstrating how to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA.


    1. Once the FAFSA is complete, the college/university will process the information and will contact the student with any additional questions, or inform the student of any aid they qualified for.


  1. Since we’re already several weeks into the Spring semester, the student has likely already paid tuition. If the student does qualify for any federal financial aid, the money will be sent to the student’s college/university, then the school will likely send the student a refund check.

If the student is planning on continuing in college next school year, they should also complete 2019-2020 FAFSA (also available currently on until June 30, 2020). We also made a 2019-2020 FAFSA walk-through video if the student needs it. Remember – it’s best to complete the FAFSA as early as possible to take advantage of any first come, first served scholarships or grants your state or college may offer.

Please let us know if you have additional questions.


Katie Wornek, StepUp Utah

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