FAFSA® Changes for 2017-18

Dear Parents,

The 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available beginning October 1, 2016. The timing will allow students and their families to complete the FAFSA three months earlier as compared to prior years. In addition, the application will now ask for income data from a year for which the income tax filing deadline has already passed. This change will allow FAFSA filers to make better use of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) tax data retrieval tool when completing the application online. With the push of a button, the 2015 income tax information needed on the 2017-18 FAFSA will be transferred directly and securely from the IRS to your student’s FAFSA when completing the application online. Your student can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov

For more information about the changes to the earlier application and the tax information needed please visit our website at http://www.sfa.msstate.edu/aid/fafsa/NEWFAFSA.php You can also call the Financial Aid Office here at Mississippi State University with any questions at 662-325-2450.

Don’t forget to have your student complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2016!

The Financial Aid Office
Mississippi State University

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