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

fafsa calendar information

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. 


Practical Implications for the 2017 - 2018 FAFSA on Admission and Enrollment Management Offices

August 25, 2016

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

In April, AACRAO, the College Board, and NACAC began a joint webinar series to provide information and resources to college admission officers focused on the changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This series aims to help admissions officers better understand the move to an earlier submission date. 

In this third and final webinar, you will receive the latest update from a Department of Education, Federal Student Aid representative on the issue, as well as a review of an AACRAO Sixty Second Survey on institutional responses to the changes. You will also hear from presenters who will discuss how their offices are handling the changes.

60 Second Survey Results

For more information on the changes, view the AACRAO Hot Topics page.

Presenter: Dr. David B. Johnson, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Indiana University

Dr. David B. Johnson was appointed Vice Provost for the Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) at Indiana University in January, 2011, after a national search and having served as Interim Vice Provost since June, 2010. As the Vice Provost, David provides leadership and management to a strong and robust organizational team encompassing the offices of Admissions, Registrar, Student Financial Assistance, Scholarships, First-Year Experience, Strategic Planning and Research, Admissions Operations, Strategic Communications and Marketing, OEM Administration and Fiscal Affairs, and the new Student Central.

David is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences. He has published or presented on student persistence, college affordability, student recruitment, using data in decision making, predictive modeling in student recruitment, and other topics related to student access and success. 

Presenter: Allison Buckley, Assoc VP for Enrollment Services, Howard Community College

Alison Buckley has served as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services at Howard Community College since 2011.  In this role she is responsible for the offices of admissions, academic advising, testing, financial aid services, records, registration and veterans affairs and the college welcome center.  Prior to joining Howard Community College, Ms. Buckley was the Executive Director of the offices of admission at the University of Baltimore. Here she oversaw all graduate and undergraduate admissions activities for the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Affairs and Merrick School of Business. Ms. Buckley also served as the Managing Director of graduate recruitment at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park as well as the Director of Business Development for the executive education division. Prior to moving to Maryland, she worked at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Presenter: Claire Fluker, Awareness and Outreach Specialist, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education

Claire Fluker is an Awareness and Outreach Specialist in the Office of Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education. She develops and implements strategies to increase awareness of the FAFSA and federal student aid programs. She graduated from the University of Florida as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and received a Master’s degree in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.