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.
Use Earlier Income Information: Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
Financial information is needed to complete the FAFSA, but keep in mind that you may complete a FAFSA before filing a tax return. To complete your FAFSA, you will need the following documents and information:
When you have the information ready, visit the FAFSA homepage to apply for Federal Student Aid.
You can also view this video, 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA, for step-by-step guidance to completing the FAFSA.
Are you in danger of losing your financial aid eligibility
If you answered "YES" to any one of these questions, your financial aid could be terminated.
File an appeal. If extenuating circumstances (illness, death in family, etc.) contributed to your lack of satisfactory academic progress, you may request an appeal. Appeal forms can be found on the forms page.
For more information about the new policy, visit the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.