There have been some changes made to the filing process for the federal student aid application FAFSA. For the 2016-2017 school year, the application process is open. This application uses data from the 2015 tax return. The open date for the 2017-2018 school year is going to be October 1, 2016. This application will also use data from the 2015 tax return. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year 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.