Get one-on-one assistance completing a FAFSA with your local KHEAA representative. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to apply for federal, state, and college-based financial aid. You should file a FAFSA as soon as possible after 10/1/2017. Awards are income-based, so applying early does not guarantee you will get an award. Registration is required. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend.