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FAFSA Changes for 2017–18

Changes for the 2017–18 FAFSA® Process
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Changes for the 2017–18 FAFSA® Process

The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) season began earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles. Since Oct. 1, 2016, students have been able to fill out the FAFSA form for the 2017–18 school year. (In the past, they had to wait until January 1.) Students also now 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 for the transition to the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

When a Student Is Attending College (School Year)
When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA® Form
Which Year's Income and Tax Information Is Required
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
July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020 October 1, 2018–June 30, 2020 2017

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Resources for You and Your Students

To assist you and your students in learning about these changes, the U.S. Department of Education has prepared a number of informational pieces in addition to our regular site content.

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We consider school counselors, college access organization staff, and other mentors to be our partners in educating students about applying for and receiving federal student aid to help make their college dreams a reality. Several times a year, we email our partners with updates about our products and services, reminders about upcoming professional development opportunities, tips for outreach to students, and more. Sign up to receive our partner emails. Note: The emails we send are intended to keep counselors and mentors up to date; they do not contain information for students or parents. Please send students and parents to StudentAid.gov for information about federal student aid.

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Fri Jun 23 00:00:00 EDT 2017