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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

FAFSAThe 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. Encourage students to file for financial aid as soon as possible.  

To view current data on FAFSA submissions and completions by high school and district, visit the FAFSA Completion Tool.

In 2016, the following changes to the FAFSA went into effect:

  • The FAFSA form is now available every year on Oct. 1.
  • Applicants must use prior-prior year (PPY) tax information when reporting personal and family income.

NACAC Members Discuss Implementation of Early FAFSA, a report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, features summary findings based on interviews with professionals at both secondary schools and institutions of higher education before and after the change to “early FAFSA” and the use of prior-prior year tax information when applying for federal financial aid.

The following resources were created in 2016 to further assist professionals working with students and families about the changes to the financial aid application process:

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