Important FAFSA updates

FAFSA 2017-2018: Earlier, easier and more accurate​​

Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available October 1. Students and families will use income tax information from two years prior to complete the application. These significant changes, announced last year by the Department of Education will make the FAFSA process earlier, easier and more accurate.



  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA will require use of 2015 tax information.

More accurate

  • Students who qualify are strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import tax information directly to the FAFSA.  Using this tool should streamline the verification process should you be chosen.  

Frequently Asked Questions​

​Will deadlines change again?
October 1 will be the date the FAFSA opens every year going forward. Ohio State's priority date may change in coming years, but it is February 1 for the 2017-2018 aid year. The priority date will be published each year at

What if my income is significantly different than it was in 2015?
If you had significant loss of income, divorce in your family, loss of a family member or other extenuating circumstances not reflected in your 2015 tax return, you must file your FAFSA and then contact Buckeye Link at 614-292-0300 or If appropriate, Buckeye Link will request an appeal form and additional documentation to determine if this change in your life has any impact on the amount of financial aid for which you are eligible. 

Will I get my financial aid package earlier if I file earlier? 
Incoming students who file a 2017-2018 FAFSA between October 1 and February 1 will receive a financial aid package by the end of February. This will allow more time to review and compare awards before the May 1 admissions deadline.

Enrolled students who file a 2017-2018 FAFSA between October 1 and February 1 will receive financial aid packages as usual in late spring. 

If I file by the priority date and I received need-based aid last year, will I receive the same financial aid package again this year? 
Many factors can impact whether you receive the same financial aid resources from year to year, including a change in income, number of family members in your household, number of students in college, etc. Institutional funding levels also are subject to change, as are criteria used to award funding each year. Filing by the priority date each year is the best way to position yourself for the most financial aid resources you might be eligible to receive.​

More FAQ's from the Department of Education: 2 Major FAFSA.pdf

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If you have additional questions regarding the 2017-2018 FAFSA, please visit Contact Us.

To learn ​about financial aid at Ohio State, start by selecting a student type from the tabs above.​​​​​