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2017-2018 FAFSA Changes – What You Need To Know

Updated: October 10, 2016

There are some changes to the FAFSA application process this year which you should know about.

Submitting your FAFSA is of course the first step in applying for Federal financial aid for your studies, including the Pell Grant.

Paying attention to the quality of your application, as well as submitting it on time (and as soon as possible) gives you the best chance of receiving much needed student aid if you’re planning to return to school as a mom, or as a mature age student!

This is what you need to know about the latest updates and changes to the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Unlike other years, the current FAFSA is available from October 1, 2016, instead of January 2017
  • Even if you submitted a FAFSA last year and missed out on money, you must submit a new one for 2017-2018 to be reconsidered
  • The 2017–18 FAFSA uses your 2015 tax income to calculate financial need, so there’s no need to wait or estimate your tax
  • Many schools like scholarship applications to be in as soon as possible, so submmitting your FAFSA as soon as you can from October 1 will inrease your chances of applying and being accepted for more university and private scholarships
  • It’s now possible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your 2015 taxes and complete your FAFSA faster
  • You don’t have to wait until you’ve applied for schools before submitting your FAFSA – just add any schools you are considering to your application

It’s really important that moms wanting to go to school in 2017-2018 and needing financial aid be aware of these FAFSA changes, and most importantly, start getting your application in now so you can find out if you’re eligible for over $5,000 of student aid from the Pell Grant, as well as other government grants.

Of course, this is just the first step for applying to as many scholarships as you can. Government grants are just one avenue for moms heading back to school and needing financial help.

Scholarships and grants from colleges and universities, community organizations, businesses, and other sources are all options that you have. Getting your FAFSA in is the first step – so don’t wait – get that done and then focus on finding and applying for as many scholarships that you’re eligible for.

  1. ernestina martinez
    February 16th, 2017 at 01:03 | #1

    i want to finish my high shool and learn more English and than still study in college to get a degree but I work and is hard for me work and study and take care my kids so I ned to know what this program offer to single moms,thanks

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