Heads Up!

September 20th, 2016

Changes to the “FAFSA” (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Process for 2017–18

SUBMIT A FAFSA EARLIER: Students will be able to submit a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The 2016–17 FAFSA became available Jan. 1, 2016.)

USE EARLIER INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income and tax information, rather than their 2016 income and tax information.

Here’s a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when you plan to go to school:

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE FROM YOU WILL SUBMIT THIS FAFSA YOU CAN SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM USING INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION FROM
JULY 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2017 2016–17 JANUARY 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2017 2015
JULY 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2018 2017–18 OCTOBER 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2018 2015
JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019 2018–19 OCTOBER 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2019 2016

For more information, click StudentAid.gov/fafsa

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