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FAFSA Workshop


Attention Seniors and Parents:


If you are planning to attend college in Fall 2017, or, if you plan to be an early graduate and attend in January 2017, this applies to YOU. The information below is about filling out your on-line FAFSA form(Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You must complete this form to qualify for grants, scholarships, student loans, or lottery tuition assistance.


In Fall 2015, the President announced TWO MAJOR CHANGES to the FAFSA process. While traditionally the FAFSA filing cycle begins on January 1 of the year preceding the award/academic year (e.g., January 1, 2016, for the 2016-2017 award/academic year), beginning with the 2017–2018 FAFSA cycle, the application will become available to students and their families three months earlier on October 1, 2016, for the 2017-2018 award/academic year.

The second change announced by the President is that, again beginning with the 2017-2018 cycle, the FAFSA will collect income information from the tax/calendar year one year earlier than has been used in the past. Thus, for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and families will provide income information from calendar year 2015, and not from calendar year 2016. Because of this, almost all tax return filers will be able to electronically transfer their tax information directly into their FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), available with the online FAFSA form.

(Source: Federal Student Aid, An Office of the U.S. Department of Education)



The Applied Technology Center will offer assistance to seniors and their parents in completing the Early FAFSA form. On October 12, representatives from York Technical College will be on campus to meet individually with families to complete the FAFSA form online. This service will be provided to all students, regardless of whether you plan to attend York Technical College or some other institution. It is very important to file your FAFSA form as early as possible, as funding does run out. Let ATC help you with this important task from your college to-do list.

Please call Paula Hobbs at 981-1199 to schedule a 30-minute appointment and to receive instructions about what you will need to bring with you to your appointment on October 12.   DEADLINE TO REGISTER: October 7.

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