File Your FAFSA (As Early As You Can)

On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students seeking financial aid.

One of those changes was to move the start date for accepting the form to October 1 of the year prior to the one a student plans to enter college. In other words, a student wishing to attend college in the 2019-2020 school year (in which classes generally begin in August 2019) can complete and submit the FAFSA between Oct. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020 using federal tax information from 2017.

The form is submitted online via a secure website managed by the US Department of Education. This site is designed to make it easy to complete the application for aid. Before starting your FAFSA, you can review the process by reading up on Answers to Common FAFSA Questions. Another good resource for first time FAFSA filers or renewing students are these helpful Financial Aid TV videos:




Benefits to Parents/Students

  • Tax information has already been filed with the IRS since FAFSA is asking for income from tax year of 2017 for 2019-20
  • You will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool earlier in the application process beginning October 1, 2018
  • With 3 extra months, you may feel less pressure to rush to complete the FAFSA
  • Students new to Alvernia University will receive their financial aid package earlier and have more time to review their financial aid awards and make more informed decisions on affordability and where to attend next fall


Feel free to contact the Alvernia Office of Student Financial Planning at 610-796-8356 or email us with financial aid questions.


FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid