Although our priority date (12/1) has passed, complete your 2017-18 FAFSA as soon as possible!

The 2017/18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will:

  • Be available October 1, 2016
  • Utilize 2015 federal tax information  
  • Allow you to import 2015 tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

What are the benefits of using the IRS DRT?

  • No need to locate your tax return and enter in all those numbers yourself
  • May reduce the chance that our office will need additional documentation

​Will I have to submit the same documents like I have in years past?

  • Our goal for 2017-18 and on is to request fewer documents from students and their parents.
  • Our new online Verification Portal will allow students to complete online forms, electronically sign them, and upload any requested documents.
  • Do NOT submit any documents to our office until they've been specifically requested.

 

TWO Major FAFSA Changes You Need to Be Aware Of - From Homeroom: The Offical Blog of the U.S. Department of Education

Questions & Answers

Why does the FAFSA request 2015 tax information for the 2017/18 academic year?

This is the most recent and complete tax data available.

Prior to regulatory changes, FAFSA asked you to use estimated figures or wait until your federal income taxes were filed which could cause time delays.  If you used estimated figures, you were then required to go back in and update your FAFSA once your federal income taxes had been filed.

Am I (or my parents) required to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)?

No, but it could eliminate the need for our office to request additional information including, but not limited to your Federal Tax Return Transcript.

What if my family's financial situation has changed since 2015?

We understand that using tax data from a previous year may not be reflective of your family's current financial situation.  If you have experienced a change to your income for reasons like job loss, separation or divorce, high out of pocket medical expenses, etc - we welcome you to send us a written statement explaining your situation in detail after you have submitted the FAFSA.  Read more.

I have submitted my 2017/18 FAFSA - what's next?

Incoming Freshmen -
We will not begin processing your 2017-18 FAFSA until you've been officially admitted.  Once admitted, we will load your FAFSA and determine if any additional documents are required.  Students that must submit additional information will recevie an e-mail notification from our office with further instructions.  If you didn't receive a request, just hold tight!  Financial aid offers for the academic year (fall/spring) are scheduled to begin going out in mid- to late-February.

Continuing Students - 
E-mail notifications requesting additional documents began going out several weeks ago.  If you didn't receive a request, just hold tight!  Financial aid offers for the academic year (fall/spring) are scheduled to begin going out in mid- to late-February.  If you're applying for summer financial aid, those offers do not typically go out until April, after summer enrollment begins.