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Office of Financial Aid -- Making Quality Education Affordable

We are committed to providing student financial assistance to eligible students to help pay the costs associated with attending college. As you navigate through our site, you will discover the various types of student financial assistance that are available through our department, the application procedures, eligibility requirements and the application deadline dates.


The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on and is currently unavailable. The Department of Education and the IRS are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, but at this time DRT is expected to be down for several weeks. The outage impacts the 2017-2018 FAFSA. 

Students and parents who are in the process of completing a FAFSA should manually enter their 2015 tax information. Students who have successfully completed a FAFSA and are selected for verification can still satisfy their requirements by requesting a copy of their 2015 IRS Tax Return Transcript (or parents IRS Tax Return Transcript, if applicable) at under Tools. 


Starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, two key changes will affect how and when students will fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

First, the Early FAFSA is a White House initiative designed to streamline the financial aid application process.  Students can complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year, rather than January 1, at The earlier submission date will be a permanent change and will enable students to complete their FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. Students will be notified via JagMail when we have received their 2017-2018 FAFSA.

Listed below is a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when students plan to attend USA: 

July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 2017-2018 October 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 2018-2019 October 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 2016

Second, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students (and their parents, if applicable) will report 2015 income information, rather than 2016 income information. 

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