Skip to main content Skip to main content

What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application used by the U.S. Department of Education to determine your eligibility for federal aid. It is the application for grants, some scholarships, work-study, and loans. We recommend that you apply for financial aid as soon as possible:

  • Apply now for 2020-2021 (Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021).

  • You can also apply now for the 2021-2022 academic year (Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022). You will use federal tax information from 2018. This will make the FAFSA easier to complete and allow you and/or your parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

  • It is important to file your FAFSA as early as possible. MSU may request additional information from you and/or your parents to complete your financial aid file.

MSU Denver will award funds to students who have applied for aid, completed their file and meet all eligibility requirements. The amount of financial aid you are offered could depend, in part, on the date you completed your financial aid file. Early applicants have a better chance of being offered more types of financial aid depending on need.

Step 1: Before Beginning to Complete a FAFSA

You will need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents will also need to apply for an FSA ID so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.

Apply for your FSA ID online

Step 2: Completing a FAFSA Online

Completing the online FAFSA is the fastest and easiest way to apply for financial aid. If you do not wish to complete an electronic FAFSA, you may download a paper FAFSA and submit it to the federal processor. Whether you do your FAFSA online or do a paper FAFSA, applying EARLY is important.

FAFSA Online
Our Title IV Code: 001360


Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA

Edit this page