Why do I have to submit my 2017 tax and income information on my 2019–20 FAFSA form?

Why do I have to submit my 2017 tax and income information on my 2019–20 FAFSA form?

The 2019–20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form asks for 2017 income and tax information.

This is advantageous for most students and their families because it

  • allows for immediate use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer financial information for eligible applicants,
  • eliminates estimating income and tax information before taxes are filed,
  • reduces the need to come back and update a FAFSA form after filing taxes, and
  • enables submitting a FAFSA form as early as October of the year before attending school.

If your 2017 financial situation no longer reflects your current situation, speak with the financial aid office of the school that you plan to attend after submitting your FAFSA form.

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