Apply each academic year that you wish to be considered for financial aid. The FAFSA is now available as early as October 1 for the following academic year. For the current academic year, including Fall 2020, Winter 2020-21, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021, you should complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. For the next academic year, including Fall 2021, Winter 2021-22, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022, complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA (available after Oct. 1, 2020). The 2020/2021 FAFSAs will require your 2019 income information, and the 2021/2022 FAFSA will require your 2020 income information. If you filed a federal tax return, you will be able to use the Data Retrieval Tool on both the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 application to connect your IRS information to your FAFSA, saving time and ensuring accuracy.