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2017-2018 Financial Aid Cycle Changes

You will be able to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning in October 2016 for the 2017-2018 school year.  In the past, the FAFSA was not available until January 1.  The 2017-2018 FAFSA will also collect income information from an earlier tax year --  2015 income will be used for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Academic Year


When a Student Can

Submit a FAFSA

Which Year's Income and Tax Information

is Required

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

Our priority filing deadline for 2017-2018 aid is May 1, 2017 -- but we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

To make the FAFSA completion easier and more accurate, you can electronically transfer your tax information directly into the FASFA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  When you do this, you won't need to provide a copy of your tax return transcript to Duquesne if you are selected for Federal Verification.

Impact on 2017-2018 Freshman applicants
The earlier FAFSA access will benefit freshman applicants by allowing the financial aid application process to be more aligned with the college application process.  There will be improved certainty of income data as students and parents will no longer need to estimate their income when completing the FAFSA.  Lastly, there will be less pressure.  Students and parents will have more time to explore and understand their financial aid options.

Impact on returning students
Returning students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as early as possible in the new financial aid cycle, however our priority filing deadline will remain as May 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.  Financial aid packages for the 2017-2018 academic year will be completed after Spring 2017 grades have been submitted in order to review student eligibility requirements including satisfactory academic progess.