Understanding a Major Change to FAFSA


In October 2015, President Obama announced a long-anticipated change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Beginning with the 17-18 academic year, the FAFSA will no longer include the prior year’s parent and student federal tax information, but instead will use two year old tax information, or prior-prior year tax forms.  In addition, instead of waiting until January 1, students may complete the FAFSA as early as October 1 for the following academic year.

These changes are being heralded as both ground-shifting and a virtual non-event.  Which will it be for your high school?

Stonehill College has prepared these three short videos to provide an overview of the largest change to federal need analysis in decades as well as some thought provoking details for school counselors to consider as they plan for any effects on students, families and office operations.

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If you have questions, please contact Stonehill’s in-house financial aid expert, Eileen O’Leary, Assistant Vice President and Director of Student Financial Assistance, at eoleary@stonehill.edu or 508-565-1088.