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FAFSA and WAFSA for 2017-18 academic year now available
Two exciting changes are coming to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) process this year!
First, the 2017-2018 FAFSA and WAFSA will be available earlier, beginning October 1, 2016, rather than January. This earlier date is a permanent change, enabling you to complete a FAFSA or WAFSA much earlier each year. This earlier availability will give you more time to meet deadlines and understand your financial aid options.
Secondly, beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA and WAFSA you will be reporting tax information for an earlier year. The 2017-2018 FAFSA and WAFSA will use tax information from 2015 taxes which means: you will have already completed your 2015 taxes at the time the FAFSA and WASFA becomes available; you will more likely be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA.
If you need help filling out your FAFSA or WAFSA come to the Heiner Center on Whatcom's campus October 15th. Sessions start at 9:00 am to continue until 1:00 pm. Experts will be on hand to help you fill it out.