The Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSAThe 2017-18 Free Application for Student Aid is now open. Encourage your students to file for federal financial aid as soon as possible.  

Changes to the FAFSA

Both the filing timeline and the information requested of families changed in the Fall of 2016.


  • The FAFSA form was made available on Oct. 1 — a full three months earlier than previously allowed.
  • And for the first time, applicants are asked to use prior-prior year (PPY) tax information when reporting personal and family income.


NACAC resources can help you assist students and families as they navigate the new financial aid process. An animated video for students and fact sheets for counselors, admission professionals, and students (including a Spanish language version) are available.

Free Webinars Available On Demand

Still have questions about Early FAFSA and PPY?

NACAC partnered with The College Board and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) to provide free webinars highlighting changes to the FAFSA.

Counseling Series:

Admission Series:


Videos of two educational sessions presented at NACAC’s 2016 national conference can also provide answers as you help students and families navigate the financial aid application process. 

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