Early FAFSA

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Early FAFSA

Early FAFSAIt's easier: Use your 2016 tax return.

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application that you must complete to apply for federal student aid, such as Pell grants and work-study opportunities. Your FAFSA is also used to determine whether you’re eligible for other financial aid, such as need-based scholarships.

What’s new this year?

Two major changes to the FAFSA take effect for the 2018–19 school year, which begins July 1, 2018.

1. The FAFSA will be available three months earlier (now October 1, 2017 instead of in January).

2. You can use tax information from an earlier tax year (2016) so you won’t have to use estimates.

Important dates

  • School year you’re attending college: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
  • When you can submit a FAFSA: October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019
  • Which year’s income tax info is required: 2016

 

What does it mean?

- Early FAFSA will allow students to submit the FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017 with 2016 tax information.

How does it affect me?

- Students can use tax information from 2016 to submit the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 year beginning October 1, 2017. Applying earlier will allow students to ensure classes are covered by Financial Aid much sooner, and will help students avoid processing delays.

What information do I need to provide on the FAFSA?

- Students can refer to the NASFAA Chart to see what is needed to complete a FAFSA.

Do you need a copy of your tax return transcripts?

You can obtain a copy by following these instructions.

 

FAFSA Application Dates

If You Plan To Attend College From

You Can Submit The FAFSA During

Using Tax Information From

July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

2015

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018

2015

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019

2016

 


 

Tips on filling out the FAFSA

  1. Create an FSA ID for yourself and log in your account. Make sure your name, birthday, and social security number are correct. If you are a dependent student, your parent(s) will also need an account.
  2. If you have an FSA ID, but don't remember the email or challenge questions, call 1-800-433-3243 and request to change your email to one you have access to.
  3. Log into your FAFSA using your FSA ID, and complete the online application. If possible, click "Link to IRS" to import your tax information electronically to your FAFSA. It will fill in most of your tax information automatically if successful.
  4. If you need help, click in the box you have a question on. The side bar on the right side of the screen will have a help box to explain the question in more detail.


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