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Federal Deadline
Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018.*
Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 15, 2018.*

Tax Information


You will use your parents’ tax information from 2016 to file the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year. The FAFSA is solely based off of 2016 taxes, so you WON’T have to update the FAFSA with 2017 taxes. Visit www.fafsa.gov to file the form.

 

This extended timeline is beneficial to you because it will allow you to receive your financial aid award letters early in the spring semester. This will give you more time to make a final decision about where you want to go to school. You may receive financial aid award letters as early as January or February, and you still have until May 1st to make your final decisions.


Assistance 
If you have questions about paying for college, or would like free help filing your FAFSA, the Iowa College Access Network offers free resources for college planning and financial aid. You can visit their website, 
www.ICANsucceed.org/ to schedule an appointment, or call their toll free number, 877-272-4692 to talk to an advisor. 


State Deadline
Iowa - July 1, 2017 by midnight, Central Time. Earlier priority deadlines may exist for certain programs. Additional forms may be required.*
Every college or university has their own preferred filing date for the FAFSA -- some as early as November 15th -- so check outwww.ICANsucceed.org/priority to find the priority dates for the schools you are applying to.
IOWA POSTSECONDARY SCHOOLS FINANCIAL AID DEADLINES*

*Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.
UNDERSTANDING FSA ID
FSA ID Replaces PIN Numbers New this year is the FSA ID username and password, which replaces the PIN number.





CHANGES TO THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS
There's a lot of talk about the changes coming to the financial aid process, commonly referred to as Prior-Prior Year.