Early FAFSA

Beginning October 1, 2016, (for financial aid applications for the 2017-18 award year), students will be able to 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 2017 would be able to file FAFSA using taxes from 2015.

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.

Attend a Financial Aid and FAFSA Completion Night

We'll cover grants, work-study program, loans, scholarships, financial literacy and FAFSA in the informational portion. Then you’ll have the opportunity to complete your FAFSA with assistance from our Financial Aid Office specialists.

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