How Long Does It Take to Complete a FAFSA Application?

How Long Does It Take to Complete a FAFSA Application?

As of September 2015, the estimated average time it takes to complete and submit the initial Free Application for Federal Student Aid online is 55 minutes, according to U.S. Department of Education. A renewal application takes 45 minutes on average, while correcting a FAFSA takes 10 minutes.

The online FAFSA is the recommended application method for securing federal financial aid, according to the U.S Department of Education. However, a student can download a PDF version of the application, complete it and mail it for processing or request a paper FAFSA by phone. The FAFSA requires the applicant's personal, financial and tax information and that of the parents of dependant applicants, notes Learning Lab.