FAFSA Changes for 2017-18 Academic Year

Early FAFSA Filing (2016-17)Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place:

  • SUBMIT A FAFSA EARLIER: Students will be able to file 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 a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
  • USE EARLIER INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year.

Follow the Financial Aid blog for more information and continued updates and announcements.

The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission time frame and earlier tax information. (Click on photo to enlarge)FAFSA_dates


Review this site for more information and read these tips to help you submit your FAFSA. Follow FAFSA on twitter for updates, announcements, reminders, and tips as you complete your FAFSA for the 2017-18 academic year.

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