FAFSA Filing Begins October 1
Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) earlier. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
Students that wish to enroll in the fall of 2018 can file a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017, rather than waiting until after January 1, 2018.
FIND OUT WHEN YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR FAFSA (and which tax return year to use):
TELL US WHEN YOU WILL ATTEND
You can submit your FAFSA during:
October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018
October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019
October 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020
October 1, 2019 - June 30, 2021
Use this year's income and tax information:
To summarize, students may file earlier and will use earlier income and tax information.
Although many colleges have not yet changed their deadlines, they recommend filing the FAFSA as early as possible after October 1.