What's New for 2017-2018?

IRS and Department of Education Statement‎ About the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov is currently unavailable. They are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. However, at this time, the IRS anticipates the online data tool will be unavailable for several weeks. 

This does not limit families’ ability to apply for aid. Applicants have other options while the data tool is unavailable. Applicants filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) can manually provide the requested financial information from copies of their tax returns. The online FAFSA remain operational, and applicants can continue filing as they normally would.

Students will be able to submit the FAFSA earlier!

  • Students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students (and parents) will report 2015 income and tax information, rather than 2016 income and tax information.
When a Student Is Attending College When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA Which Year’s Income and Tax Informat​ion Is Required
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 ​Jan. 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 ​Oct. 1, 2016 - June 30, 2018 2015

The 2017-2018 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2016.
Students will use earlier income information
Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. On the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and parents will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
Complete your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Bethune-Cookman's Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 001467.

April 1, 2017 is the 2017-2018 Financial Aid Priority Application Date for fall 2017
To ensure that your financial aid will be awarded in time to help cover your tuition and fees for the fall 2017 semester, complete your file, before April 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Financial aid files completed by the priority date will be awarded financial aid, if eligible, no later than June 30, 2017.
Benefits of filing your 2017-2018 FAFSA early
  • You will be done early, and you will be more prepared for the upcoming fall 2017 semester.
  • Your financial aid will be finalized and you can search for need-based scholarships.
  • Maximize your opportunity for certain need-based programs with limited funding.
  • Eliminate the stress of waiting until the last minute to file!
  • You have more time to do more informed financial planning.