Financial Aid: FAFSA® Changes for 2017–18
On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017–18 application cycle, the following changes will be put in place:
Students will use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.
All college-bound seniors should apply to the FAFSA to try and qualify for free federal aid as well as low-interest loans. In addition, colleges utilize FAFSA information when determining financial aid awards and may instruct seniors to complete additional applications for non-federal student aid such as the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. Be alert for any college announcements regarding financial aid or verify Financial Aid Office requirements for colleges applying. The FAFSA application conveniently saves student information from year to year to streamline the application process. Students decide which financial aid opportunities they want to accept each year since financial needs can change over time. The FAFSA deadline is March 2nd 2017!
For information on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), please visit their website at: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ .
Amador Valley High School uploads CalGrant GPA data for all AVHS Seniors directly to CalGrant. There is no need to submit a paper request.
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® Fee Waivers
First-time, domestic college applicants who have used an SAT fee waiver are now eligible to receive up to eight PROFILE fee waivers. Students who did not use an SAT fee waiver may still qualify for a PROFILE fee waiver based on their income level.
SAT Fee Waivers
Every senior who uses an SAT fee waiver will receive four college application fee waivers from the College Board. These waivers will be delivered directly to students via their College Board online accounts and do not require counselor verification. And for the first time ever, students who use SAT fee waivers are automatically eligible for PROFILE fee waivers.