The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly called a FAFSA, only needs to be completed once every academic year. For financial aid purposes, the academic year begins with the Summer semester. Let’s say you started at MCNY in Fall 2020 and filed a FAFSA for the 2020-2021 academic year. This would cover your aid for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. To receive aid for the Summer 2021 semester you would need to file a 2021-2022 FAFSA, which would also cover Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. It is always best to file your FAFSA early and discuss your questions and eligibility with a Financial Aid counselor.