FAFSA Changes: Robert Morris University FAFSA Changes | Robert Morris University

Financial Aid

Instead of waiting until January 1 to file the FAFSA, students are now able to submit the FAFSA starting October 1.

What does this mean for you?

The earlier you file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the earlier you may know the true cost of the 2017-2018 academic year.  In the past, students had to wait a few weeks, sometimes months, after the FAFSA was filed in January to find out important financial information.  Because affordability is key to the college decision making process for many, the new FAFSA deadline gives families more time to know real financial figures, weigh options and decide which school is their best fit. Also, some aid, including special Pennsylvania grant fund programs, look at the FAFSA filing date to provide limited funding on a first come first served basis.

What will be needed to file the FAFSA early?

The U.S. Department of Education now allows you to use your income figures from two years prior to complete the FAFSA.  Required taxes for that year will already have been completed which should simplify and speed up the process for students.  Here is a chart showing what tax year data is needed, based on when you are attending college.

Attending College During FAFSA Filing Begins


Required Tax Information


July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017


January 1, 2016 2015


July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018


October 1, 2016 2015


July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019


October 1, 2017 2016