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FAFSA Instructions

You've decided to take classes and now it's time to fill out the FAFSA. We know it can be daunting, but we are here to help – every step of the way. 

launch of the 2024/25 fafsa
(august 2024-august 2025)

There are major changes coming to the 2024/25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. As a result, the new form will be available by December 31, 2023. This launch date will apply only for the 2024–25 FAFSA form.

In the meantime, the government has a Federal Student Aid Estimator that you can use to get an idea of how much federal student aid you may be eligible to receive. These estimates are based on the Student Aid Index (SAI), an index to determine federal student aid eligibility for the 2024/25 year. This tool is strictly an estimate and is not the actual FAFSA.


You can stay up to date by visiting the FAFSA announcement page.

instructions for the 2023/24 fafsa
(August 2023-august 2024)

The first step in applying for financial assistance is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application. Indicate Delta College's school code (002251) for Delta College to receive your FAFSA information electronically. It may take up to five business days for the college to receive this information.

Step 1: Apply for an FSA ID
  • Each student applying for financial aid and one parent must have an FSA ID. This is your signature on the FAFSA!
  • Write it down and save it for later use. You will need your username, password, cell phone, email address and challenge questions in the future so keep it in a secure location. YOU WILL NOT REMEMBER your FSA ID OTHERWISE!
  • You will use this again for FAFSA renewal each school year and applying for Federal student and parent loans!
Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form determines your eligibility for grants, scholarships, work-study, student and parent loans.

Most students under the age of 24 will need to include their parent income and personal information.
  • If parents are divorced/separated and do not reside together, student should include the custodial parent’s income and personal information only. This is the parent who provides more than 50 percent of their financial support. You will only report custodial parent’s income information, so if filing status is married filing jointly, student will need to manually enter tax/income information on the FAFSA. IRS DRT (Data Retrieval Tool) will not be able to be used.
  • If parents are not married, but living together, student will need to provide both parents financial and personal information on their FAFSA. Student will not be able to use the IRS DRT and will have to combine both parent’s Federal tax return information
Important information you need to complete your 2023/24 FAFSA
NOTE: Information is needed for both student/parent (if applicable)
  1. FSA ID
  2. Social Security Number(s), REMEMBER…Check for accuracy!
  3. Alien registration or Permanent Resident Card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  4. Date of birth
  5. Current marital status and date of marriage/separation/divorce, if applicable
    NOTE: For parent personal information, current marital status will be used even though tax information provided is from 2 years ago. If marital status has changed since the 2021 Federal tax return was filed, Data Retrieval Tool will not be available.
  6. 2021 Federal Tax Documents and all 2021 W2’s
    NOTE: If Parents are living together but not married, you will need to report combined income information. (Data Retrieval Tool is not available)
  7. 2021 untaxed income records, such as:
    a. Child Support – Received/Paid
    b. Pensions, Annuities
    c. Veterans Benefits records
  8. Current bank account information/statements
  9. Other asset information such as business net worth (if employ more than 100 employees), investment farm(that is not lived on) and investments, other than retirement accounts, such as Rental properties, 2nd homes, (first homes do not count) stocks, bonds, certificates of deposits
Next steps

A student aid report (SAR) will be sent directly to you. When you receive your SAR, look it over carefully to make sure it is correct, since this is the information Delta will receive electronically. The information on this SAR will be used to determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant and for most other types of aid. If corrections are needed, follow the directions on your SAR.

If you need assistance completing or making corrections to your FAFSA, you may stop in the Financial Aid Office, during office hours and a Financial Aid Advisor will be available to assist you.

Please review your financial aid status and documentation required for to complete the application process. Follow these steps from the Inside Delta for Current Students page:

Tools -> Student Self-Service -> Financial Aid.  Submit these items to the Financial Aid Office promptly, as it may delay awarding.

How to create your account username and password (FSA ID)

This video has other detailed instructions on how to create an FSA ID that may be helpful.

Other helpful information

You never have to pay for help with your federal student aid, including your student loans. Make sure you understand which companies and claims are legitimate. For more information about how to avoid scams and what to do if you think you’ve been scammed, watch the video below:

The Federal Student Aid website provides additional information regarding the financial aid process and describes the various types of financial aid.

SUCCESS TIP: Apply for financial aid, even if you don't think you'll qualify.

It's not a waste of time because lots of scholarships require you to apply for financial aid. Plus, you may be eligible for more than you think.

Less than half the cost

Less than half the cost of a public university, with the same quality education.

Interest free tuition plan

An interest-free tuition plan that spreads out your payments.

50 percent

Half of Delta students receive some form of assistance.