There are changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starting with the 2017-2018 academic year. All students, high school seniors and current college students, should follow the new timeline.

What you need to know


What has changed?

The FAFSA will now be available to complete as early as October 1 every year and you will use your tax information from the prior prior year (PPY) - this will be 2015 income for the 2017-2018 FAFSA.


Who will be affected by the changes?

The Class of 2017 will be the first high school cohort to file the FAFSA on the new timeline using PPY tax data. All returning college students will also submit their applications following the new procedure.


When should I complete the FAFSA?

File the FAFSA as soon as you are able after October 1. UNH uses the FAFSA when determining eligibility for Federal and Institutional aid, need-based grants, loans, and work-study funds.  Money is limited in some instances, so don't delay. We have a March 1 deadline for the FAFSA to be filed.


Will other college application deadlines move earlier into the fall?

At this point, it's too early to tell how or whether changes to the FAFSA will affect the admission application process. What will remain the same is that colleges may not set college application deadlines prior to Oct. 15 nor can they require students to make an enrollment decision prior to May 1 of their senior year (with the exception of Early Decision).


When will I learn my financial aid eligibility?

If you are a new student and your financial aid file is complete, we will notify you about your award shortly after you have been admitted.