2017-18 FAFSA - College Financial Aid Info

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7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA

Please click on the website link below to view a video tutorial about how to complete the FAFSA form.  While the video is about completing the 2016-17 FAFSA, please remember that seniors in the Class of 2017 should be completing the 2017-18 FAFSA.

7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA


The 2017-18 FAFSA form is the one that current seniors (Class of 2017) and their parents will use to apply for federal student aid for college.  Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following MAJOR changes will be put in place: 

1) Students will be able to 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 1st every year.

2) Students will use earlier income information.  Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to 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.  

It is highly recommended to apply online.  The processing of paper FAFSA Forms can take 6 - 8 weeks longer!

The FAFSA asks for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation. Depending on your circumstances (for instance, when you filed taxes and what tax form you used), you might need to reference the following information or documents as you fill out the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA!)
  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a "dependent" student
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one  
  • Your Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student
  • Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for your, and for your parents if you are dependent student
  • Information on cash, savings and checking account balances, investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate, but not including the home in which you live; and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student

You do not need to pay money to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA is FREE, so if a website asks you to pay to fill it out, you’re not dealing with the official FAFSA site. Please use the website link below to access the 2017-18 FAFSA.