Prior Prior Year is a term used to describe the ability to process your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at an earlier time frame.
Starting with the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSAsubmission time frame and earlier tax information.
We expect that you’ll benefit in these ways:
FAFSA deadlines for DCCCD will remain the same (check out our
Important Dates & Deadlines page).
No; too much could have changed since you filed your last FAFSA, and there’s no way to predict what might be different, so you’ll need to enter the information again. However, keep in mind that many people are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import their tax information into the FAFSA, making the process of reporting tax information quick and easy.
You must report the information the FAFSA asks for. If your family’s income has changed substantially since the 2015 tax year, contact the Financial Aid Office about your family’s situation.
Note: The FAFSA asks for marital status as of the day you fill it out. So if you’re married now but weren’t in 2015 (and therefore didn’t file taxes as married), you’ll need to add your spouse’s income to your FAFSA. Similarly, if you filed your 2015 taxes as married but you’re no longer married when you fill out the FAFSA, you’ll need to subtract your spouse’s income.