The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on Thursday, October 1. To secure state aid eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year, students must submit the FAFSA by the state deadline of April 15, 2021. The form is accessible by visiting fafsa.ed.gov. High school seniors are encouraged to create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) prior to beginning the FAFSA. The FSA ID serves as a legal, digital signature, and both the student and at least one parent must have one. The FSA ID can be created on the Federal Student Aid website.