2017 - 2018 FAFSA

(Early FAFSA/Prior Prior Year)

 The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) season will begin earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles.

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, students will be able to fill out the FAFSA for the 2017–18 school year. (In the past, they had to wait until January 1). In addition, applicants will no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve their data directly from the IRS, right from the first day the FAFSA is available. Students also will have information about their Expected Family Contributions earlier, helping them as they’re going through the college application and selection process. 
November 2016

Early FAFSA/ISIR Activity 

Royall & Company Research released the results of a 171-institution survey about institutional changes in practice in response to the early FAFSA.  Among others, the key findings included: 
  • “Forty-one percent of participants indicated they had significant early FAFSA activity, 43% indicated they had moderate activity, 8% reported minimal activity, and 7% indicated they had no activity.”

  • “Schools with significant FAFSA activity were up in ISIRs an average of 55% year over year (compared with February 1, 2016).”

  • “When looking at point-in-time comparisons related to the FAFSA application release date, 26% of schools are releasing their need-based financial aid offers 4- 8 weeks earlier than last year, 31% are releasing offers 2-3 weeks earlier than last year, 20% are releasing their offers around the same time as last year, and the remaining 24% are releasing their offers later than last year.”
August 25, 2016

AACRAO hosts part 3 of '17-'18 (Early FAFSA) joint webinar series

Archive here.
October 6, 2016

AACRAO EMChat on '17 - '18 FAFSA

August 8, 2016

Undersecretary Ted Mitchell sends aid deadline letter.

View letter here.
August 1, 2016

Chronicle of Higher Ed covers report on admissions/financial aid calendar changes.

View article here

July 29, 2016

AACRAO releases 60 second survey results on '17 - '18 FAFSA impact.

Download pdf.
June 28, 2016

ED FSA holds '17-'18 FAFSA Update webinar.

Archive coming soon.
June 9, 2016

NACAC hosts part 2 of '17-'18 (Early FAFSA) joint webinar series

Download presentation here
View recording here.
May 6, 2016

IFAP Announcement on technical schedule for FAAs

View here.
May 3, 2016

ED FSA holds '17-'18 FAFSA Update webinar.

View webinar here
April 28, 2016

ED FSA announces two '17-'18 FAFSA Update webinars.

Register here for May 3, 2016, 4:00PM - 5:00PM ET
Register here for June 28, 2016, 5:00PM - 6:00PM ET 
April 7, 2016

College Board kicks off 3-part "Early FAFSA" webinar series.

View the archive here
March 25, 2016

Undersecretary Mitchell sends letter to Title IV presidents asking them to prepare financial aid packages earlier.

View letter here.
March 22, 2016

ED FSA rep holds update session with David Johnson of Indiana University at AACRAO Annual Meeting.

View coverage of the session and download presentation documents here.
March 8, 2016

AACRAO, College Board, and NACAC announce admissions facing, 3-part webinar series on Early FAFSA.

Click here for more information.

September 14, 2015

White House announces FAFSA changes.

View announcement here.