News from the Reference Desk Category: Financial aid

New Guidelines for FAFSA

There have been some changes made to the filing process for the federal student aid application FAFSA.  For the 2016-2017 schoolyear, the application process is open.  This application uses data from the 2015 tax return.  The open date for the 2017-2018 schoolyear is going to be October 1, 2016.  This application will also use data from the 2015 tax return.  Applications for the 2018-2019 schoolyear will open on October 1, 2017.  This application will use data from the 2016 tax return.  A chart showing all this information can be found at this website It is possible to complete the FAFSA form and file it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.