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New FAFSA Filing Timeline Allows Students to Apply for Financial Aid Earlier

Beginning on October 1st, 2016, students and families need not wait until January to submit the FAFSA and apply for financial aid. The new October 1st FAFSA filing timeline is a permanent change, allowing current and prospective students to file the FAFSA early. This early filing opportunity means colleges, like East Bay, can make earlier financial aid award offers, and families will have financial aid eligibility information in their hands before they make critical college choice decisions.

Another FAFSA change, called PRIOR-PRIOR YEAR, allows students and parents to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, students filing the 2017-2018 FAFSA will report income and tax information from 2015, rather than 2016.

The chart below provides the new key dates for current and prospective East Bay students:

FAFSA Timeline
If you need financial aid forSubmit this FAFSAYou can submit the FAFSA fromUse income and tax data from
Summer 2016 - Summer 2017 2016 - 2017 January 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 2015
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 2017 - 2018 October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 2015
Fall 2018 - Summer 2019 2018 - 2019 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016
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