Office of Student Financial Aid

Explaining the FAFSA

What is the FAFSA? Do I need to fill it out?

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must submit the FAFSA each year if you want to receive financial aid from UToledo.

You may think your income is too high to receive any financial aid. But the FAFSA is required if you want to be considered for federal educational loans or some scholarships.

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

Do I fill out the FAFSA or do my parents?

It’s your FAFSA. You need to fill out the application and must sign the form before submitting it.

Your parent(s) also have to provide financial information and sign the application if you are a dependent student. A series of questions on the application will help you determine if you’re a dependent or independent student.

FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status

FAFSA timeline

October 1 — The FAFSA becomes available each year on October 1 and is available until June 30.
February 1 — UToledo's priority deadline to file the FAFSA . The earlier you submit it, the better. Many aid funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.


1. Obtain a Federal Student Aid ID.

An FSA ID is a username and password you use to log in to fill out the FAFSA.

  • Your FSA ID is used to sign legally binding documents electronically.
  • If you are a dependent student and your parent(s) have to add their financial information, your parent(s) will need their own FSA ID. If you have siblings attending college, your parent(s) can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications.
  • Don't lose it! Save it somewhere safe. You will use the same ID each year when you submit your FAFSA.

How to Create an Account Username

and Password (FSA ID)

Create or retrieve a forgotten FSA ID

2. Gather all relevant documentation.

  • Social security number
  • Alien registration number if you aren't a U.S. citizen
  • Federal income tax returns, W-2s and records of other income (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrievel Tool.)
  • Records of untaxed income
  • Bank and investment statements
  • FSA ID

If you are a dependent student, you also will need most of the same information for your parent(s).

You can start filling out the application even if you don't have all the necessary financial information. Just save it and come back later.

3. Fill out and submit the FAFSA.

How to fill out the FAFSA

UToledo School Code: 003131

Be sure to include our federal school code on your application.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool can make your life easier. The tool electronically transfers your tax return information into the FAFSA. We strongly recommend that you use it. It may reduce the chance our financial aid office will need additional documentation.

4. Wait for an Email from Federal Student Aid.

You'll receive an email within a few days of your FAFSA submission, notifying you that your application was processed. Your information will be sent to The University of Toledo if you included our school code. If we need additional information, we will contact you.

5. Review And Accept Your Financial Aid Award From UToledo Through Your MyUT Portal.

Academic year financial aid offers typically begin going out in early March and continue throughout the year.

FAFSAs for new incoming students are processed after you've been fully admitted to your program.

After the FAFSA: What happens next

What if my financial situation has changed since I filed my FAFSA?

We realize financial circumstances can change. You may be eligible for an adjustment to your financial aid by completing UToledo's 2020-21 Special Circumstances Application. Contact Rocket Solution Central for assistance.

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Need Help?

The staff at Rocket Solution Central — also known as RSC — is here to answer your questions about the FAFSA.


Phone hours

Monday - Wednesday and  Friday 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

In-person hours

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: 1200 Rocket Hall

No need to wait in line. Register through Rocket Q ahead of time or when you arrive. You'll receive wait-time updates and be notified when it's your turn.

Three ways to register:

  • Text "University of Toledo" to 419.419.3430.
  • Use the interactive kiosk in the Rocket Solution Central lobby.
  • Enter your information online.

Other helpful resources

Last Updated: 2/23/21