Learn what's new with the FAFSA.

Find the latest news and documents related to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

FAFSA Updates

Wondering what's planned for the upcoming FAFSA®? Or when that important document will be ready so you can use it with your students? You've come to the right place.

FAFSA News and Enhancements
Upcoming Changes on the 2017–18 FAFSA
FAFSA and IRS Outreach
Availability of FAFSA Materials and Websites
2016–17 FAFSA Materials and Websites
2015–16 FAFSA Materials and Websites


FAFSA News and Enhancements

In the following sections of this page, you'll find the latest scoop on enhancements to the current FAFSA or plans for next year's FAFSA.

Note: We'd like to request that you encourage students and parents to create FSA IDs as soon as possible, especially if they think the Social Security Administration might have incorrect information for them in its files. Send students and parents to StudentAid.gov/fsaid for information about the FSA ID and a link to create an FSA ID. Meanwhile, we've developed several resources to help you get the word out about the FSA ID.


Upcoming Changes on the 2017–18 FAFSA

Starting with the 2017–18 FAFSA, the application will be available earlier and will request older income information.

  • The 2017–18 FAFSA will be available for applicants to fill out beginning on Oct. 1, 2016. This is three months earlier than the traditional FAFSA launch date of January 1. The October launch date will continue in subsequent years.
  • The 2017–18 FAFSA will request information from applicants' 2015 tax returns. Traditionally, the FAFSA has requested information from the tax return due near the beginning of the application cycle. For instance, the 2016–17 FAFSA will require 2015 tax information, which many applicants will not have available in time for school or state deadlines that fall early in 2016. But subsequent FAFSAs will request data from tax returns that should already have been filed, simplifying the process for applicants.

Further details for high school counselors, college access professionals, and other mentors are available in our announcement titled FAFSA Updates for 2017–18.

Information for students is available at StudentAid.gov/fafsa-changes.

We will update this site as the 2017–18 FAFSA launch approaches. Keep an eye out in spring 2016 for further resources such as talking points, suggested tweets and Facebook posts, etc.


FAFSA and IRS Outreach

The office of Federal Student Aid has partnered with the IRS to inform citizens of services available, including free help with tax filing through the VITA program.

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Tell your students: the first F in "FAFSA" stands for "free!" There are websites at which students can get help filing the FAFSA for a fee. These sites are not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). We urge you to advise your students not to pay these sites for assistance that is provided for free at ED's website.


Availability of FAFSA Materials and Websites

FAFSA documents and websites become available throughout the fall and winter. Keep up with anticipated availability here.

How to Order Federal Student Aid Publications(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Learn how to order free materials so you can help your students learn about federal student aid for college or career school.
Resource Type: How-To Guides

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2016–17 FAFSA Materials and Websites

FAFSA Document or Website Availability Estimate
fafsa.gov Available now
Paper FAFSA Available to order now at www.FSAPubs.gov
Spanish paper FAFSA Winter 2015–16
PDF FAFSA Available now
Spanish PDF FAFSA Winter 2015–16
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Winter 2015–16
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Winter 2015–16
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Student Aid Report sample Available now
Spanish Student Aid Report sample Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample Available now
Spanish SAR Acknowledgement sample Available now
FAFSA demo site updated for 2016–17 Available now
Completing the FAFSA (StudentAid.gov/complete) Available now
fafsa.gov screen shots (aka "FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation") Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes (Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System) Available now
FAFSA4caster updated and live online Available now
Federal School Code List Available now; updated quarterly

2015–16 FAFSA Materials and Websites

FAFSA Document or Website Availability Estimate
Paper FAFSA Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper worksheets at www.FSAPubs.gov
Spanish paper FAFSA Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper worksheets at www.FSAPubs.gov
PDF FAFSA Available now
Spanish PDF FAFSA Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper worksheets at www.FSAPubs.gov
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper worksheets at www.FSAPubs.gov
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Student Aid Report sample: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
Spanish Student Aid Report sample: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
Spanish SAR Acknowledgement sample: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
FAFSA demo site updated for 2015–16 Available now
Completing the FAFSA Available now
fafsa.gov screen shots Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes Available now
FAFSA4caster updated and live online Available now
Federal School Code List Available now; updated quarterly.

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