Beware! The FAFSA is closer than it appears

October 1st marks the first day college-bound students can begin filling out the FAFSA online. Completing the FAFSA is a vital part of the college process; the Department of Education uses it to determine eligibility for federal student financial aid for college.

This aid includes federal grant programs (such as the Pell Grant), federal work study, and federal student loans; it is also used by states to determine eligibility for their college aid programs, such as state grants.

Colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for the need-based aid programs they administer and, finally, many scholarship opportunities request FAFSA information as part of their application processes. Even if you think that you won’t qualify for free money in the form of need-based college scholarships and grants, you should still apply.

Use the guide below for reference when determining the correct FAFSA to complete. Depending on when you intend to enroll, you may be required to complete FAFSA forms for both 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE FROM

JULY 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2018

YOU WILL SUBMIT THIS FAFSA

2017–18

YOU CAN SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM

OCTOBER 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2018

USING INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION FROM

2015                                                                                                                                       ---------------------------------------------------------------                                                                   IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE FROM

JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019

YOU WILL SUBMIT THIS FAFSA

2018–19

YOU CAN SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM

OCTOBER 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2019

USING INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION FROM

2016

For questions or concerns regarding the FAFSA do not hesitate to contact your Degrees Work college coach!

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                   Joi McAtee                                                                                           Joi.mcatee@kentuckianaworks.org                                                                                          502-612-2658