What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to receive any federal or state student aid (for example, Tennessee Promise or the Hope Lottery Scholarship), grants, work-study, or low interest educational loans

The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 school year (your first year in college) opens on October 1, 2020. 



  • Submitting the FAFSA is the most important thing you can do if you want financial aid.
  • The FAFSA is free—you don’t need to pay anyone to prepare it for you.
  • You need to submit a new FAFSA before each academic year in which you want to get aid. If you plan to apply for aid throughout college, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA each year.
  • Be sure to use a permanent email address on the form, not your KCS school email, so you can use your FAFSA account throughout college.

For more information on how to complete the FAFSA: https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out