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FAFSA Changes for 2017–18
On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. We want to inform you—our partners in the college access, planning, and funding process—about these changes and provide you with tools and information you can use.
Changes for the 2017–18 FAFSA®
The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) season will begin earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles. Beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, your students will be able to fill out the FAFSA for the 2017–18 school year. (In the past, they had to wait until January 1). In addition, applicants will no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve their data directly from the IRS, right from the first day the FAFSA is available. Students also will have information about their Expected Family Contributions earlier, helping them as they're going through the college application and selection process.
The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.
|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|
Resources for You and Your Students
To assist you and your students in learning about these changes, the U.S. Department of Education is preparing a number of informational pieces.
Browse the 2017–18 FAFSA resources that are available now.
Browse a list of upcoming 2017–18 FAFSA resources.
Also, explore this site to do the following:
- Browse all of our FAFSA-related resources.
- Get general FAFSA information along with tips for your outreach to students.
We will continue to update this site as the 2017–18 FAFSA launch approaches. Keep an eye out throughout the rest of the spring and summer of 2016 for further resources.
May 19, 2016