Three Changes to the Financial Aid Process for the 2017-18 Academic Year
- Earlier FAFSA availability
The 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is currently available for you to complete. Starting this year, the FAFSA will open on Oct. 1 each year.
- Use your 2015 income and tax information on the FAFSA
The Department of Education now requires you to report information from two years prior. For the 2017-18 FAFSA, you will report 2015 income and tax information. You may even be able to import your 2015 information using the FAFSA's IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
- March 15 deadline for FAFSA and scholarship applications
March 15 is now the single deadline to submit all financial aid and scholarship applications, including the FAFSA and the university's application for continuing student scholarships. Late applications cannot be accepted for university-administered scholarships or state grants.
To offer students more time to explore and understand their financial aid options, the Office of Financial Aid will begin packaging Financial Aid Notifications (FANs) for continuing students during the spring 2017 semester. To receive maximum consideration for need-based awards, we recommend that you file your 2017-18 FAFSA now.
Have Your FSA IDs Ready
Students and parents will need to have their FSA IDs and passwords available to complete the FAFSA online. You can retrieve your username/password information on the FSA ID login page.