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Do I have to apply each year?

Yes. Students must file FAFSA for each award year.  

Timing is important. The latest FAFSA should be submitted is three months prior to the academic term for which aid is requested. The award year for financial aid begins in the fall, and ends the following summer, and a FAFSA needs to be completed or renewed each financial aid year. Some types of financial aid have limited funds, and earlier applications have an advantage. Some grants and scholarships have a specific deadline for applying, which is indicated in each program description. 

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