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New FAFSA Dates; Students Encouraged to Apply Early

Students can now file for 2017-18 financial aid as early as Oct. 1.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Parkland College is encouraging current and prospective students to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as the new Oct. 1 submission date.
Last September, President Obama announced two significant changes to the FAFSA that would affect the 2017-2018 application cycle going forward, according to the Federal Student Aid website:

Students will be able to submit a FAFSA earlier.
Students can now file the newest FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, rather than on Jan. 1, 2017, or later. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA (fafsa.ed.gov) as early as Oct. 1 every year.

Students will use earlier income and tax information.
Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, applicants will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students—and their parent(s), as appropriate—will report their 2015 income and tax info, rather than their 2016 income and tax info.

More information is available at studentaid.ed.gov.

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