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

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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. 


Time to Degree: A Discussion of the Enrolled and Elapsed Time for Associate and Bachelor's Degree Earners

December 13, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 2-3 p.m. ET 

This session will explore the college pathways of students who completed an associate or bachelor's degree in 2014-15, regardless of how long it took them to finish. We will discuss the findings from a newly published report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center focusing on the average length of the active enrollment as well as the elapsed time for associate and bachelor's degree earners. We will also discuss the prevalence of multiple-institution attendance and how institutions can use this information to help students succeed.

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Afet Dundar, National Student Clearinghouse

Afet Dundar is Director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. She plays a leading role in producing the Research Center’s Signature Report series of national reports on student outcomes and annual High School Benchmarks Report. She has contributed to numerous publications on student access and success outcomes. Prior to joining the Clearinghouse in 2010, Dundar was assistant director for research at the Project on Academic Success (PAS) at Indiana University. She has a Ph.D in education policy studies from Indiana University Bloomington.