New FAFSA Changes

Don’t get left behind!

The FAFSA is changing in two ways beginning with the 2017-18 award year
(Beginning August 2017)

  1. Start completing your FAFSA three months earlier than previously. This means for the 2017-18 award year, the FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2016 rather than on January 1, 2017.
  2. Use your 2015 tax returns. The income information used on this FAFSA will be from two years prior to the application year rather than just one year prior as it has been in the past. This means for the 2017-18 award year the tax data used will be from your 2015 tax returns. Using 2015 tax returns simplifies the financial aid application process by allowing more families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool because most tax filers have complete their prior year’s tax returns by October 2016.

Early FAFSA Workshops

Let us help you get your 17-18 FAFSA submitted early! Drop in anytime during one of the following free FAFSA workshops hosted by GTC Financial Aid staff. Completing the FAFSA should take no longer than 30 minutes!


Important FAFSA dates


2017-2018 FAFSA for FALL 2017 available for completion online at If you do not already have one, you must first create an FSA ID for yourself and your parent(s) if applicable.


Financial Aid/FAFSA submission request date for FALL 2017. Although GTC does not have a strict FAFSA submission deadline, we do have a submission request date. This means that students who submit their FAFSA by the given date should have adequate time for their aid to be calculated and their award letter to be generated when compared to students who do not meet the submission request date.