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FAFSA changes for 2017-18

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available starting October 1, 2016 for the 2017-18 academic year - three months earlier than previous years. Students are also required to use tax information from 2015 to submit the 2017-18 FAFSA. This means no more waiting on taxes to complete the FAFSA. You can file your FAFSA now.

When you complete the 2017-18 FAFSA at fafsa.gov, use the WSU school code 002329. 

12 common FAFSA mistakes

File early

File your FAFSA as early as possible for maximum aid consideration, keeping these things in mind:

  • File your FAFSA by December 1 for maximum aid consideration.
  • To be considered for a State of Michigan scholarship, Michigan residents should file the FAFSA by March 1, 2017.
  • To be considered for a WSU grant award file the FAFSA by March 31, 2017. Students who file after that date will be considered only for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans. 

Conflicting information

Income and tax information from 2015 is used on both the 2016-17 FAFSA and 2017-18 FAFSA. If you report different income and tax information on either FAFSA, the discrepancy must be resolved in order to confirm your aid eligibility. 

FAFSA verification

If your 2017-18 FAFSA is selected for verification you may be asked to provide an IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter. This letter is required if you are reporting that you will not or are not required to file a U.S. Federal Income Tax Return. You may request this letter on the IRS website.

IRS Data Retrieval

Notice: The IRS Date Retrieval Tool (DRT) is currently unavailable. 

The IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) recently announced that the DRT on fafsa.gov will be unavailable until extra security protections can be added. Although the IRS is working to resolve the security issues as quickly as possible, the earliest date that the DRT is anticipated to be back in service is late fall 2017.

You will need to have tax returns and other records of other income available while you complete the FAFSA. In lieu of using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you will manually enter you and/or your family's 2015 tax information.

Remember, you will use your 2015 tax information for BOTH the 2016-17 AND 2017-18 FAFSA.

If your FAFSA is selected for verification, you may be asked to supply a copy of your IRS tax transcript. A tax transcript can be obtained online at irs.gov/transcript.

2017-18 FAFSA FAQs

 Can I use 2016 income and tax information for the 2017-18 academic year?

No. 2016 income and tax information will be used when you apply for the 2018-19 academic year.

When you are attending (school year) When you can submit a FAFSA Which year's income and tax information is required
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 October 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

2016
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020 2017

 

 Do I have to be admitted before I add Wayne State to the FAFSA?
No need to wait. Use our school code 002329 on the FAFSA. Once you are admitted we will be able to determine your eligibility.