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2017-18 FAFSA Completion

(Last Updated: December 12, 2017)

Important Dates

The important dates are listed in chronological order by month, with the newest information listed first. As new information about the 2017-18 application processing cycle becomes available, it is added to the appropriate month in this section. Browse this page periodically to find out what's new.

December 2017

Complete 2017-18 FSA Handbook with Active Index

November 2017

Availability of Appendices F and G of the 2017-18 FSA Handbook

September 2017

2017-18 FSA Handbook - Volume 3 - Calculating Awards & Packaging

2017-18 FSA Handbook Appendices B, C, D, and E

August 2017

2017-18 FSA Handbook - Campus-Based Programs

Update to Previously Announced Comment Code 399 Changes

Changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process for the 2018-19 FAFSA Form

2017-18 FSA Handbook - Volume 4 - Processing Aid and Managing FSA Funds

2017-18 FSA Handbook - Errata and Updates

July 2017

2017-18 FSA Handbook Glossary (Appendix A)

June 2017

CPS Reprocessing on June 27, 2017 to Correct Verification Selection Issue

2017-18 FSA Handbook Volume 2 - School Eligibility and Operations

2017-18 FSA Handbook Volume 5 - Withdrawals and the Return of Title IV Funds

May 2017

FSA ID Enhancements Implemented on May 14, 2017

Status of the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool

April 2017

Changes to 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Verification Requirements

Upcoming Implementation of FSA ID Enhancements

January 2017

Issue Alert: CPS Modifications to Assignment of SAR Comment Code 399 Scheduled for February 5, 2017, with Related CPS Reprocessing on February 6, 2017

Program Integrity Questions and Answers (Q&A) Website Update (Verification)

2017-18 Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

2017-18 FAFSA Verification-IRS Tax Return Transcript Matrix

Upcoming Distribution of 2017-2018 Renewal FAFSA Reminders

2017-18 FSA Handbook Volume 1 - Student Eligibility

Reminder of Unusual Enrollment History Selection for the 2017-2018 Award Year

December 2016

Email Notifications to 2017-18 FAFSA Applicants Encouraging Use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

2017-18 FSA Handbook Errata and Updates

November 2016

Early FAFSA FAQ

2017-18 FSA Handbook - Application and Verification Guide

Institutional System Delay in Resolving Conflicting Information Comment Code 399

Reminder to Report Verification Results for Verification Groups V4 and V5 to FAA Access to CPS online

2017-18 Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

2017-18 SAR and SAR Acknowledgement Mock Ups

October 2016

Early FAFSA - Dear Colleague Letters and Electronic Announcements

2017-18 FAFSA Email Campaign Launch

Information Regarding Institutional Responsibilities to Resolve 2017-18 Comment Code 399 Conflicting Information Issues

2017-18 Federal Pell Grant Payment and Disbursement Schedules

CPS Reprocessing on October 17, 2016 to Update Records Incorrectly Assigned SAR Comment Code 399

Our FAFSA outreach campaign counters the myths of financial aid

Early FAFSA FAQ

Reminder to Institutions to Promote the Use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for Both 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSA Years

September 2016

Availability of 2017-18 CPS Web Applications Demonstration (Web Demo) System and 2017-2018 CPS Mainframe Test System

  • You can access the 2017-18 version of the Web Demo system using the following user name and password:

    User Name: eddemo
    Password: fafsatest

    The User Name and Password fields are case-sensitive.

2017-18 Early FAFSA - Identification and Resolution of Conflicting Information

2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ), FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, and the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23

Availability of 2017-18 CPS Test System Data Files and Comment Code Text

Early FAFSA FAQ

2017-18 FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation

August 2016

2017-18 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System Guide

Reminder to Report Verification Results for Verification Groups V4 and V5 to FAA Access to CPS Online

Republication and Correction: Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2017-18 Award Year

2017-18 ISIR Guide

2017-18 SAR Comment Codes and Text Guide

Revised Special Handling Process for FAFSA Filers Under the Age of 13

Early FAFSA - Dear Colleague Letters and Electronic Announcements

July 2016

2017-18 Verification Suggested Text Package

Availability of the IRS 'Get Transcript Online' Tool

2017-18 EDE Technical Reference (Final)

Early FAFSA Regulations

Notice of the updated Draft 2017-18 Federal Student Aid Application Materials

Comment Request; 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

2017-18 Draft FAFSA

2017-18 Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Formula Guide

Availability of MyStudentData Download Record Layout for 2017-18 FAFSA on the Web

Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2017-18 Award Year

June 2016

2017-18 CPS Test System User Guide Available on FSAdownload Web Site

2017-18 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (June 2016 Draft)

Early FAFSA Electronic Announcement #7: Availability of Federal Student Aid Resources for the 2017-18 FAFSA

May 2016

2017- 18 EDE Technical Reference (Spring Draft)

Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2017-18 Award Year

April 2016

2017-18 Award Year Information To Be Verified – Federal Register

March 2016

Comment Request; 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Notice of the Draft 2017-18 Federal Student Aid Application Materials

Early FAFSA Electronic Announcement #4 - Determining FAFSA Prior-Prior Items

Early FAFSA Electronic Announcement #3 - Availability of the 2017-18 Early FAFSA Information Page on the Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) website

February 2016

Early FAFSA Electronic Announcement #2 - Preparing for 2017-18 Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior Year

September 2015

Early FAFSA Electronic Announcement #1 - President's Announcement of FAFSA Filing Changes

Early FAFSA - IFAP