It used to be that you filed your FAFSA as soon as your personal income taxes were complete. NOT ANY MORE!
You can start filing your FAFSA October 1st. Remember that you need to list the colleges that you are applying at. You can always add schools later.
FAFSA.ed.gov These monies are awarded on a first come first served basis. Don’t miss out. If you drag your feet into February, you could lose valuable money