Returning students who have received need-based financial aid in the past should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid application (FAFSA) every year.
The Department of Education enables the next award cycle on October 1st. The priority deadline for returning students is April 15th. To complete the FAFSA prior-prior year tax year information must be used. For example, if you are completing the 2017-18 FAFSA you would use 2015 tax information. You should have your tax returns and your parent(s) tax returns, W2’s, and bank statements available to complete the application. Please be aware the IRS data retrieval process has been turned off for the 2017-18 cycle and we have been told it should be up and running for the 2018-19 cycle in October.