2017 - 2018 Changes to the FAFSA

  • From the Federal Student Aid website: (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources)

    "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, 2015 – JUNE 30, 2016

    2015–16

    JANUARY 1, 2015 – JUNE 30, 2016

    2014

    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

     StudentAid.gov/fafsa

     

    Use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet Prior to doing your FAFSA:

    To make sure you have what you need when you apply/renew, use the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet. The FAFSA on the Web Worksheet includes questions in the same order as they will appear in the online application. It's like getting the test questions before you take the test!