When filing the 2020–2021 free application for federal student Aid (FAFSA):
2018 tax return information will be used:
The FAFSA will collect income information from a tax year two years prior to the academic year. This will be for the tax/calendar year of 2018.
File your FAFSA earlier:
The 2020–2021 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2019. The priority application deadline is March 1, 2020 (for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 financial aid).
Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool:
Students are expected to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for a more accurate and easier FAFSA completion process. Almost all tax return filers will be able to electronically transfer and download their already completed and verified 2018 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax return information directly into their FAFSA.
Complete the FAFSA online at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa