Monday, September 19, 2016

Big FAFSA® Changes for 2017–18

From the MEFA Web-Site

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place: 
  • Students will be able to submit a FAFSA® earlier.  Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The FAFSA became available January 1 as in previous years.)
  • Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.  
The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission time-frame and earlier tax information. 
If you’d like more details about the upcoming changes, you may read the fact sheet called College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017­–18 FAFSA®.
We will continue to update this site as the 2017–18 FAFSA launch approaches.
Learn more about the FAFSA process.

Reminder that BHS will hold the following  Financial Aid Events:

Thursday October 13th, 2016 at 6:30.PM in the BHS auditorium. MEFA will host and give an overview of the process.

Thursday January 5th, 2017- Financial Aid 101 at 6:30P.M. - Hosted by College Funding Services.

Sunday January 29th, 2017- FAFSA Day at BHS. This event starts at 1:00PM.

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