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2018-19 FAFSA Completion

(Last Updated: November 20, 2017)

Important Dates

The important dates are listed in chronological order by month, with the newest information listed first. As new information about the 2018-19 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.

November 2017

2018-19 ISIR Guide (November 2017)

2018-19 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (November 2017 Final)

CPS Reprocessing on Nov. 13, 2017 and in December 2017 to Address fafsa.gov Issue with Incorrect Tax Filing Status Values

October 2017

Issue Alert: 2018-19 FAFSA.gov Issue with Incorrect Tax Filing Status Values Resolved; CPS Reprocessing Planned

2018-2019 Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

2018-19 SAR Comment Codes and Text Guide (October 2017)

2018-19 FAFSA Email Campaign Launch

Post Secondary Institution Data Security Requirements and FSA Data Privacy/Sharing

Important NSLDS Enrollment Reporting Updates and Reminders

2018-19 Final FAFSA & Return of IRS DRT

2018-19 Final FAFSA®, FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, and the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23

2018-19 SAR and SAR Acknowledgement Mock-ups

September 2017

2018-19 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet

2018-19 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System Guide

Availability of 2018-19 CPS Web Applications Demonstration (Web Demo) System and 2018-19 CPS Mainframe Test System

You can access the 2018-19 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.

Webinar - Post Secondary Institution Data Security Requirements and FSA Data Privacy/Sharing

2018-19 Application Processing System Specifications for Software Developers (September 2017)

Availability of 2018-19 CPS Test System Data Files and Comment Code Text (Updated September 19, 2017)

Reminder to institutions of higher education and state agencies regarding the privacy and security of data from the FAFSA

August 2017

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

2018-19 Verification Suggested Text Package

2018-19 ISIR Guide

July 2017

Update to Previously Announced Verification Process for Nontax-Filers

2018-19 Award Year: FAFSA® Information to be Verified and Acceptable Documentation

2018-19 SAR Comment Codes and Text Guide

Notice of the updated Draft 2018-19 Federal Student Aid Application Materials

2018-19 EFC Formula Guide

2018-19 CPS Test System User Guide Available on FSAdownload Website

June 2017

2018-19 EDE Technical Reference (Spring Draft)

Availability of MyStudentData Download Guide for 2018-19 FAFSA

April 2017

Notice of the Draft 2018-19 Federal Student Aid Application Materials