Big Changes Coming to FAFSA Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is changing in to ways:

  • The FAFSA is available three months earlier than previously – Oct. 1, 2016.
  • The income used on the FAFSA will be from two years prior to the application year (referred to as “Prior-Prior Year”). This means students will use their 2015 tax return to apply for 2017-2018 aid.

This important change streamlines the college application process for students. Now they will be able to apply for aid at the same time many are applying for college.

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