Early FAFSA

Beginning October 1, 2017, (for financial aid applications for the 2018-19 award year), file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using prior-prior year (PPY) tax data.

What is Early FAFSA? 

Use taxes from two years ago which were submitted to the IRS last year.  For example, a high school senior planning to enroll in college in Fall 2018 would be able to file FAFSA using taxes from 2016.

What are the Advantages?

  • Enables more filers to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to easily import verified IRS tax returns within the FAFSA application;
  • Syncs the college application and financial aid application calendars;
  • Removes barriers created by priority filing deadlines, ensuring students have equal opportunity to be considered for all available funds;
  • Determines financial aid eligibility information in advance of college decision deadline, encouraging more thoughtful and informed enrollment decisions.