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Financial Aid Made Easier


Financial Aid Made Easier

College-bound students hoping to receive financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which becomes available online each year on January 1st. The form requires information from a federal income tax return from the previous calendar year. Since most parents do not receive W-2 forms until late January, filling out the FAFSA can be delayed. That can be a problem in situations where grants and aid are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

This problem will be resolved for the 2017-2018 school year. The FAFSA form for the 2017-18 academic year can be filed starting October 1st, 2016, and will rely on income tax information from the previous tax year (2015).