To reapply for financial aid, returning Macalester students who are U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available as of October 1, 2019, and it uses 2018 financial information.

Please make sure to file your FAFSA between October 1, 2019 and May 15, 2020. If you file your FAFSA within this timeframe, you will receive next year’s financial aid eligibility notification by mid-June. The earlier you file your FAFSA, the sooner we can let you know if we need any additional documents from you.

The FAFSA previously used financial information from one year prior to the application year. Since it now uses financial information from two years prior, most families should be able to report exact financial information, instead of estimating and updating the FAFSA later when tax returns are complete. Macalester encourages families to use the IRS data retrieval tool in the FAFSA. This tool securely transfers tax information from the IRS to the FAFSA and reduces the likelihood that you will need to submit additional documents to us. In the past, many families were not able to use this tool since they had not yet filed their tax returns from the previous year or had only just recently filed them.

More information on the IRS data retrieval tool.