Yes, you must apply each year. The priority date is December 1st each year. FAFSA applications are available starting in October for the upcoming year.
FAQs Related to Applying for Aid
How do I file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
The FAFSA can be completed online. If you plan to apply for aid for the summer term, also complete the FAFSA for the current year. It is recommended that you do this by early November to meet UCF’s priority application date of December 1. UCF’s school code is 003954.
How do I receive the Student Aid Report (SAR) as a result of filing the FAFSA?
It will be sent to you via email if you completed the FAFSA online. If not, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED AID (1-800-433-3243).
A paper Student Aid Report will be mailed to your home address if you did not provide an email address.
There were problems with the FAFSA. How do I resolve them quickly by making any necessary corrections?
How will the Early FAFSA changes benefit students?
The FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information, students will already have completed taxes by the time of FAFSA filing (October 1st) and won’t need to estimate tax information.
Taxes are completed before FAFSA filing time (October 1st).
With the FAFSA available earlier, students may feel less pressure and have more time to explore and understand financial aid options then apply for aid before state and school deadlines.