Have you heard about the new changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? For any student who has applied for FASFA before, they are well aware that the application period opens on January 1 and that they are required to provide the previous year’s tax return, (which is both confusing and frustrating, four months before the April 15 tax deadline). You’ll be happy to hear that a new process for FASFA is in the works. From now on, students will be asked for tax returns from TWO years prior, (i.e. for the 2017-2018 application, students will use their 2015 tax returns). The application period has also been moved up to October 1, which means that if you haven’t filed your FASFA yet you can do so RIGHT NOW. But if you aren’t feeling up to it right now, don’t worry! The UC San Diego deadline to receive priority funding is still March 2.
Click here to begin your FAFSA.

This article originally appeared in the November 2016 Issue of the Triton Worker. 

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