There are two major changes related to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that you should know about:
Because tax returns are already fully processed for the upcoming FAFSA application period, schools are highly suggesting that applicants use the IRS retrieval tool instead of inputting the information from their tax returns manually. This is a secure method with the IRS website and should minimize errors or the likelihood you will be selected for verification.
State and school deadlines will remain approximately the same as in 2016–17. However, several states that offer first come, first served financial aid will change their deadlines from “as soon as possible after January 1” to “as soon as possible after October 1.” We would highly recommend that you check your state and school deadlines so that you don’t miss out on any aid. State deadlines are on fafsa.gov while school deadlines are on the respective school website.
If you have other questions related to new FAFSA changes, check out this fact sheet: College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017–18 FAFSA®.