The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 year is now open! The process to file a FAFSA is available three months ahead of prior years. This will allow all students to get a head start on applying for financial aid. The best part of the process, however, is that you no longer have to wait to file taxes! You can apply for the 2017-2018 FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your 2015 tax information directly into the FAFSA. Because the taxes from two years prior are used to determine eligibility, the stress of filing taxes prior to the priority deadline is gone.

Although three months may feel like a long time to get things completed, between midterms, finals, and the holidays, time will go by quickly. Make sure that you still meet the priority deadline of March 1, 2017 to ensure your access to the best financial aid package available.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (970) 351-2502 or ofa@unco.edu. We also take walk-in appointments Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

What You Need to Know About the 2017-18 FAFSA

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