In September, President Obama announced two significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Beginning October 1, 2017, students will be able to file the 2017-2018 FAFSA with the option of using 2015 income tax information, eliminating the need for 2016 income taxes to be filed prior to applying for federal financial aid.
The U.S. Department of Education believes these changes will benefit students in the following ways:
- The financial aid application process will be more aligned with the college admissions process; allowing students and their families to better plan for college funding.
- Financial aid applicants will be able to have more certainty that their form is correct, with less need to estimate income or taxes.
- The earlier FAFSA release date will allow students and their families to feel less pressure when it comes to the financial aid process by allowing more time to better understand their financial aid options and apply before state deadlines.
We are pleased to share with you that every public high school in the state of New Hampshire is hosting a Financial Aid Night this academic year! Together with our colleagues from the New Hampshire Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NHASFAA), we are excited to help educate your students and families on the financial aid process.
With January 1 right around the corner, we are now booking FAFSA filing appointments in our Concord office. Appointments are available on weekdays with limited evening appointments and select Saturdays. Please encourage your families to call us at 888.7.GRADUATE, x119 to schedule an appointment today.
Families requiring assistance with the CSS Profile® may find help here.