Are you even THINKING about going back to school in the Fall of 2018? The time is NOW to get your financial aid forms submitted. Can you believe it? That may seem like a long way out, but it is way easier to cancel aid than try to apply for and receive it next summer.
In order to allow folks more time to fill our their annual Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form, it is now made available online on October 1 of the year prior to need.
We recommend that ALL students fill out this form. It is the key to unlocking aid you my not have known existed, or that you may not have felt you qualify for. You don’t know unless you try!
We recommend that you fill out the form as soon as possible as some states run out of funding early. First come, First served.
Visit the Federal Student Aid home page to get started on this years FAFSA.
The 2018-2019 enrollment period has also reactivated access the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. (It closed in early 2017 for security reasons.) If you choose to link to your IRS account via this tool, this can save you time and ensure accuracy. Note that if you use the retrieval tool, you will not be able to see or edit the data entered on the website. I guess this is a security feature. If you manually enter the info, you can see and change it.