Early FAFSA

Early FAFSA

Now you can file your FAFSA as early as October 1 by using tax information from an early tax year. This may make it a little confusing about which FAFSA you should fill out, so use the information below as a guide.

  • FALL 2019-2020 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC during Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020, you need to fill out the 2019–20 FAFSA form using 2017 tax info. 

  • FALL 2018-2019 FINANCIAL AID: The 2020-2021 FAFSA will open on October 1, 2019. If you plan to attend HCC during Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021, you need to fill out the 2020–21 FAFSA form using 2018 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 2019–20 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), will report 2017 income and tax info, rather than your 2018 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.

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 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.