2017-2018 Early FAFSA Information


What’s changing for 2017-18?

Starting with the 2017-18 FAFSA, the following changes will be in effect:

  • You can file your 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 rather than waiting until January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
  • Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, you and your parents (if applicable) will report income and tax information for 2015. Please be advised this information only pertains to the income and tax return. Most other questions on the FAFSA require information as of the filing date.
If you Plan to AttendYou Will Submit This FAFSAYou May Submit This BeginningUse Income and Tax Information From
Summer 2016-Spring 2017 2016-2017 January 1, 2016 2015
Summer 2017-Spring 2018 2017-2018 October 1, 2016 2015
Summer 2018-Spring 2019 2018-2019 October 1, 2017 2016

How will these changes benefit me?

Federal Student Aid expects students will benefit in the following ways:

  • Your taxes will already be complete by the time you fill out your FAFSA, making the information you enter more reliable.
  • With your taxes complete, you are likely able and strongly encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into the FAFSA. For more information on the IRS DRT, visit studentaid.gov/irsdrt.
  • Allows for additional time to explore financial options prior to deadlines.

How do I file?

Please visit FAFSA on the Web to file the appropriate year FAFSA based on your educational plans.

Contact us


Fax: 518-581-2782

Mailing Address: 
Empire State College
Financial Aid
111 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Questions? Contact the Student Information Center at 518-587-2100 or 800-847-3000.


Code: 010286
Name: SUC Empire State College

TAP Codes

Undergraduate: 0913
Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)


Students planning to attend the spring 2 term starting in March 2017 should complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.   Students who plan to attend starting in May 2017 or thereafter should apply for financial aid for 2017-2018 by submitting the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

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