The 2016-17 FAFSA: The Basics

Starting January 1, your graduating seniors can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – the FAFSA – at fafsa.ed.gov to be considered for financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year.

To get started, students and parents should:

  • Get their FSA IDs from fsaid.ed.gov.
  • Have their 2015 federal tax returns, if available, and other income information, or estimate their 2015 income information.
  • Correct any tax or income information after their taxes have been filed using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

For more information on applying for financial aid, visit hesc.ny.gov.