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FAFSA Archive: 2016-17 through 2019-20

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

Get the Edvisors 2019-2020 Guide to Filing the FAFSA®

2019-2020 FAFSA Changes

  • Introduction of myStudentAid mobile application to file the FAFSA
  • The income threshold for an automatic zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC) has increased from $25,000 to $26,000.
  • FAFSA on the Web redesigned to implement principles of Responsive Web Design.
  • Change of FAFSA mailing addresses for paper FAFSA applications, signature pages, and Student Aid Reports.

2019-2020 FAFSA form

Download the 2019-2020 FAFSA PDF

For more information, download the 2019-2020 Summary of Changes.

2018-2019 FAFSA Changes

  • Data transferred (for both parents and students) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is now masked. Connections across federal websites and web services are secured.
  • The IRS DRT is now available for those who filed amended tax returns.
  • Improvements have been made to parental marital status questions and instructions.
  • A reinterpretation of definition of homeless youth.
  • FAFSA on the Web has been redesigned

2018-2019 FAFSA Form

Download the 2018-2019 FAFSA PDF

For more information, download the 2018-2019 Summary of Changes.

2017-2018 FAFSA Changes

  • 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.

2017-2018 FAFSA Form

Download the 2017-2018 FAFSA PDF

For more information, download the 2017-2018 Summary of Changes.

2016-2017 FAFSA Changes

  • Improved the accuracy of IRA and Pension Data
  • Edited to prevent same identifiers for Parent 1 and Parent 2
  • Required entry of marital status date when marital status changes
  • Included instructions for reporting net worth
  • Clarified FAFSA Questions and Instructions

FAFSA Form 2016-2017

Download the 2016-2017 FAFSA PDF

For more information, download the 2016-2017 Summary of Changes.

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