Early FAFSA

Early FAFSA

Now you can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

This may make it a little confusing about which FAFSA you should fill out, so this chart should help. 

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE FROM

YOU WILL SUBMIT THIS FAFSA

YOU CAN SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM

USING INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION FROM

July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018 2017-18 Oct. 1, 2016-June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018- June 30, 2019 2018-19 Oct. 1, 2017-June 30, 2019 2016

 

You’ll be required to report income and tax info from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2015 income and tax info, rather than your 2016 income and tax info.

From now on, the FAFSA will ask for older income and tax information that you will already have. This change means you won’t have to use estimates anymore, or log in later to update your FAFSA after you file taxes.

Because you’ll already have done your 2015 taxes by the time you fill out your 2017–18 FAFSA, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA.

Having the FAFSA available three months earlier will give you more time to meet most deadlines to submit requested information. HOWEVER, this does not mean that HCC will award your financial aid package early. Awarding will not begin to take place until Spring 2017. 

For information to apply for Financial Aid .