If you filed last year and this year you think the form and the questions look different, they might be!
Every year, the U.S. Department of Education makes a variety of changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), to make the filing process simpler. If you use a paper FAFSA you will notice the color of the form will change every year. If you file using FAFSA on the Web or the mobile application, each year the questions may be presented in a different way.
To see the highlights of the recent changes, keep reading.
To complete your application you have three options to file:
FAFSA on the Web
the paper FAFSA
The myStudentAid mobile application (iTunes, Google Play) available for the 2018-2019 (beta) and 2019-2020 (full launch) FAFSA applications
Students are now able to submit a FAFSA® earlier. Students have been able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA since Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. This gives students more time to complete the FAFSA, and potentially more time to compare aid offers from colleges.
Students now report earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students are required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) must report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
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