How to Complete a PDF FAFSA

Select the school year for which you are applying for financial aid. For example, if you plan to attend school between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, select 2009-2010. If you plan to attend school between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009, select 2008-2009. If you are applying for a summer session, check with your school to verify which application you should complete.

Which PDF FAFSA do you want to complete?
The 2009-2010 School Year (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010)
The 2008-2009 School Year (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009)


The 2009-2010 School Year (July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010)

Select the Black and White PDF if you plan on printing in black and white. Select the Color PDF if you plan on printing in color.

FAFSA (2009-2010) English Espanol
FAFSA (Black and White
FAFSA (Negro y Blanco))

Viewing a PDF FAFSA
To view the PDF FAFSA you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 6 or higher installed on your PC. You can download a free Adobe PDF Reader at Adobe's Web Site.
The PDF FAFSA is available for you to print and fill out manually or is screen-fillable. Screen-fillable means you can enter your data on the screen before printing. Please note that if you choose this option you will not be able to save your data to your PC.


Printing a PDF FAFSA
To print a PDF FAFSA file from within your reader, we recommend you use the PDF's print button rather than the browser's print function. See illustration below.

Printing a FAFSA


Saving a PDF FAFSA
As discussed above, you can enter your information into the PDF FAFSA; however, you will not be able to save your information to your computer. In other words, if you fill out the PDF FAFSA on your computer and then attempt to save it, you will save only the PDF FAFSA form and none of your personal information.

Note: Keep in mind that even though you will not be able to save your personal information on the PDF form, your web browser's cache may store the contents of the Web pages that you have visited during a session. To safeguard your information and prevent another user from viewing what you have entered, you should clear the cache memory, after you have completed the application. For instructions on how to clear your browser's cache click here.


Troubleshooting a PDF FAFSA
If you have trouble opening a PDF FAFSA through your Internet browser, try RIGHT-clicking on the PDF icon and select "Save target as" from the resulting menu. Save the file to a floppy diskette, removable "thumbdrive" or your computer's hard drive, and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.


For questions about the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired and have questions, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.