In Fall 2015 the President announced two major changes to the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. While traditionally
the FAFSA filing cycle begins on January 1 of the year preceding the
award/academic year (e.g., January 1, 2016, for the 2016-2017
award/academic year), beginning with the 2017–2018 FAFSA cycle, the
application will become available to students and their families three
months earlier on October 1 (e.g., October 1, 2016, for the 2017-2018
The second change announced by the President is that, again beginning
with the 2017-2018 cycle, the FAFSA will collect income information
from the tax/calendar year one year earlier than has been used in the
past. Thus for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and families will provide
income information from calendar year 2015 and not from calendar year
2016. Because of this, almost all tax return filers will be able to
electronically transfer their tax information directly into their FAFSA
by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
The window to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens
on October 1, through March 2. After March 2nd students can still
apply for Federal Aide through FAFSA but can no longer apply for
California State financial aid.
Step one - Register for a Federal Student Aid Identification Number (FSA ID)
Step two - Apply for Federal Student Aid through FAFSA
FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps families plan ahead for college.
CHS will host a Cash For College Workshop where students and parents can file their FAFSA with assistance from representatives from CSU, Chico Financial Aid Department. The event will be held in the Chico High Library on Monday, February 1st at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
If you attend this event with your parent and you qualify for Federal
Aid through FAFSA, your name will go into a drawing for a $1,000
Scholarship! Don't miss your chance to win!
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