2017-18 Financial Aid – New Application Timeline!
What you need to know
- Submit your FAFSA earlier:
You can file your 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
- UW’s priority filing date is earlier:
The UW’s priority date for filing the FAFSA is now January 15, rather than February 28. So, for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, your FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by January 15, 2017 for priority consideration of all of our aid programs.
- Use earlier income and tax information:
From now on, students and families will not need to estimate tax data to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA will ask for the last completed tax year—2015–for 2017-18.
Whenever possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import your and your parent’s income information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA. It’s easier to complete the FAFSA this way and results in a more accurate financial aid award. See more details on how to apply for aid at the UW.
- If you missed the priority date:
It is not too late to submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA. If your application is submitted after January 15, 2017, you will still be considered for federal aid, including Pell Grant and student loans.
HB 1079 Real Hope/DACA Students:
For 2017-18 school year, complete the WASFA from by the UW’s priority filing date of January 15 to be considered for state and institutional need-based aid. The WASFA form will be available starting October 1, 2016.
HB 1079 students who have Social Security numbers have the option of completing the FAFSA instead. It is not necessary to complete both the FAFSA and the WASFA; however, you must notify the financial aid office if you decide to complete only the FAFSA. More financial aid information for HB 1079 Real Hope/DACA Students is available.