The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available at www.fafsa.gov on October 1st. The
2017-2018 will require 2015 income information. You may find the following
highlights from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) helpful:
*1. File the FAFSA as early as you can.*
The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be available at FAFSA.gov on *October 1*.
The 2017-2018 FAFSA will require 2015 income information, so applicants
will no longer have to estimate income information. There is no downside to
filing early, and it is one of the best ways to maximize your financial
*2. Get your FSA IDs now.*
The FSA ID is the user name and password students use to access all federal
student aid websites, including FAFSA.gov. All students need an FSA ID.
Dependent students will also need one parent to have an FSA ID in order to
sign the FAFSA. We strongly recommend that students (and one parent, if
applicable) create their FSA ID ahead of time. Go to fsaid.ed.gov
to create an FSA ID and use FAME's FSA ID Information Tracking
to keep track of FSA ID information .
*3. Learn more about the financial aid process.*
Regardless of whether you're familiar with the process or new to the world
of financial aid, FAME can help. FAME partners with high schools
throughout the state to offer in-person financial aid presentations.
Additionally, we will be hosting several on-line webinars during the month
of September. For a schedule of these presentations and webinars, please
visit FAME's Events
*4. Prepare to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.*
Most applicants who were required to file federal income taxes will be able
to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA. We strongly
recommend using the tool. To retrieve IRS information, mailing address
information must be entered *exactly* as shown on the tax return. Having
student (and parent, if applicable) 2015 federal income tax return(s)
available when completing the FAFSA will make the process easier .
*Student Services Coordinator*
*University College at Ellsworth*
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