New for 2017-2018
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2017-18 is available at www.fafsa.gov as of October 1, 2016.
Prior-prior year tax information
In September, 2015 President Obama signed an executive order that allows families to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA using income from the 2015 federal tax return (that same information that you provided if you filed a 2016-17 FAFSA). This will allow students and parents to report accurate income information on the FAFSA, as the vast majority of families will have already completed their 2015 taxes by October 1, 2016.
Transferring your 2015 tax information to the FAFSA
As you complete the 2017-18 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov you will be prompted to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), which will load your 2015 tax information directly into the FAFSA from the IRS. Using the IRS DRT saves you time and effort. If you need help using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), please visit the Federal Student Aid site.