Beginning October 1, 2020, (for financial aid applications for the 2021-22 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 2021 would be able to file FAFSA using taxes from 2019.

What are the Advantages to filling out the FAFSA early?

  • 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.