Administration

SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Announces Early Application Opportunities for FASFA

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 4, 2016) — The Financial Aid Office atState College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is letting students know that they can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) early for the 2017-18 college application cycle. The change will allow students to report tax information from two years ago. It also will allow students and their families to fill out the FAFSA form earlier than ever before so they can have their financial aid packages before making college decisions.

  • Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year.
  • Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will 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 for FAFSA submission timeframes and earlier tax information.

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND COLLEGE FROM

YOU WILL SUBMIT THIS FAFSA

YOU CAN SUBMIT THE FAFSA FROM

USING INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION FROM

JULY 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2017

2016–17

JANUARY 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2017

2015

JULY 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2018

2017–18

OCTOBER 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2018

2015

JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019

2018–19

OCTOBER 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2019

2016

The change will allow students to report tax information from two years ago. This will also allow students and their families to fill out the FAFSA form earlier than ever before in hopes to have their financial aid packages before making college decisions.

“These changes offer more opportunities and better options for students,” said Thomas Vo, director of financial aid at SCF.

For more information, visit scf.edu/financialaid.

 

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