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FAFSA Filing Changes 2017-2018

On September 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that will impact millions of students. Starting next year, students will be able to do the following:

  • Submit a FAFSA earlier: Students will be able to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. 

THERE IS NO CHANGE TO THE 2016-2017 SCHEDULE, WHEN THE FAFSA BECOMES AVAILABLE JANUARY 1 AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

  • Use Earlier Income Information: Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

When a Student is Attending College (School Year) When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA Which Year's Income Information is Required
July 1, 2015-June 30,2016 January 1, 2015-June 30, 2016

2014

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

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February

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