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The 2017-18 FAFSA is now available, earlier this year

Early FAFSA available

It’s time to apply for 2017-18 financial aid.

The 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now available, and we encourage students to complete it as soon as possible. Federal Student Aid and the U.S. Department of Education offers a checklist as you prepare to complete the FAFSA. Step-by-step guidance can be found here.

The FAFSA is available earlier than in previous years, starting on October 1. Also new this year is the use of earlier tax information to complete the FAFSA. For the 2017-18 year, use your 2015 tax data. When completing the FAFSA, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool which will import tax information automatically.

Before completing the FAFSA, you will need your Federal Student Aid ID and 2015 tax documents. Be sure to ask them to send it to UM-Ann Arbor (federal code 002325) so that we receive it electronically and can process your application.

Students must complete the FAFSA each year to be considered for financial aid. And remember that the FAFSA is always free. If anyone asks for money to help you complete the FAFSA — don’t be fooled.  It is not the federal government, but a private company attempting to take your money.

Our U-M Office of Financial Aid counseling staff is available to help you if you have questions about the process or your aid. You can visit our office during regular business hours, call us at 734-763-6600 or send us an email.

If you are an entering student, U-M asks you to also complete the CSS Financial Aid PROFILE, which allows us to consider you for U-M grant assistance. Visit this page for more information.

For more information about the early FAFSA: