Now you can file your 2019–20 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2019. 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 use the information below as a guide.
- FALL 2018-2019 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, you need to fill out the 2018–19 FAFSA form using 2016 tax info.
- FALL 2019-2020 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, you need to fill out the 2019–20 FAFSA form using 2017 tax info.
WHY THE EARLIER TAX YEAR INFORMATION
You’ll be required to report income and tax info from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2018–19 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), as appropriate—will report your 2016 income and tax info, rather than your 2017 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 2016 taxes by the time you fill out your 2018–19 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 following Ocotober 1 open date.
TWO WAYS TO FILL OUT THE FAFSA: ONLINE AND MOBILE APP
Once you’re ready, you have several ways to complete the FAFSA form, including the fafsa.gov website or the new myStudentAid mobile app. Using the app, you can fill out the FAFSA form safely and securely from your mobile device. On the app, you can also manage your FSA ID, view your federal student aid history and loan information, and more. The myStudentAid app is available from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
**Don't forget to use Houston Community College's school code, 010422.