New Launch Date for FAFSA - Oct. 1
Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA application cycle, the FAFSA will have a new launch date of October 1 rather than the traditional launch date of January 1. This earlier date of October 1 will allow the financial aid process to coincide with the college admissions process. Along with the new launch date, the FAFSA's tax year information collected from an applicant will come from one tax year earlier, otherwise known as prior-prior year. Applicants will use their tax year 2015 income information for the 2017-2018 award year.