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Two Big Changes Impact The FAFSA®

This year: The New FSA ID
In May, the Department of Education implemented a new FSA ID to replace the FSA PIN as the login process for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Create your own FSA IDs as you will need to sign and complete the FAFSA each year you plan to apply for financial aid.

Use this handout to create an FSA ID.

Coming Next Year: An Earlier and Easier FAFSA
Beginning in October 2016, students will be able to submit their FAFSA earlier and easier than ever before.

Currently the FAFSA is made available January 1 of each calendar year, but next year students will be able to apply for financial aid at the same time of the year they typically apply to colleges—in the fall. This is made possible because students who complete the FAFSA in the fall of 2016 for the 2017-18 school year will be able to use 2015 tax information.

By allowing students to use information from prior-prior year (PPY) taxes and apply for aid in the same timeframe they apply to colleges, colleges can in turn provide financial aid notifications to students earlier, ensuring that students and families have more time to prepare for college costs.

Read the White House Fact Sheet to learn more.


Paying for College: Student Loans / Financial Aid
Electronic version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Use to obtain your personal ID number for FAFSA
Calculates need, student loans
Best source for information on federal student financial aid


Journey Through Financial Aid