SUNY Oneonta would like you to feel less pressure and leave you with more time to explore and understand your financial aid options for the 2017-18 school year
Visit www.fafsa.gov to complete your application right now!
How can you complete the FAFSA earlier??
Because you’ll be using your 2015 tax return information!
- Your 2015 taxes are most likely already completed, which allows you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. (Learn about the IRS DRT at StudentAid.gov/irsdrt.)
- In many cases, filing your FAFSA early is to your advantage because some aid (such as scholarships and grants) is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis..
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will my 2016–17 FAFSA information be carried over onto the 2017–18 FAFSA?
If you choose the Renewal FAFSA option when you start your application at fafsa.gov, some basic information from your 2016–17 FAFSA will be prepopulated in your 2017–18 FAFSA. However, your tax and income information will not. You will use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Do I report my 2015 tax and income information on the 2017–18 FAFSA now, and then update it once I’ve filed my 2016 taxes?
No. Do not update after filing your taxes. The 2017–18 FAFSA asks for 2015 tax information.
Can I choose to report 2016 information if my family’s income has dropped significantly since we filed 2015 taxes?
No. You must report 2015 tax and income information, as the FAFSA requires. If your family’s financial situation has changed dramatically since then, you should complete the FAFSA questions as required, submit the FAFSA, then contact the school you plan to attend and discuss your situation with the financial aid office.
More information is available here.
Questions? Call the SUNY Oneonta Financial Aid Office at 607-436-2532.