There are several important changes to the financial aid application process we want you to know about. The steps you take earlier can help make the process smoother and easier for next year!
What you need to know:
- Did you know you can submit your FAFSA or CADAA earlier?
You will be able to file your 2017-18 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application (CADAA) starting Oct. 1, 2016. That’s THREE months earlier than previously allowed!
- You can use earlier income information.
Applicants will use prior-prior year (PPY) income information when reporting personal and family income (For example, 2015 income information will be reported on 2017-18 FAFSA or CADAA.)
What you can do now:
- If you completed FAFSA for the 2016-17 year and did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT), please go to the FAFSA website and do so now. Doing this will help avoid any discrepancies between 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. It will also reduce the number of questions from the UWest Financial Aid Office and/or the Department of Education.
- Complete the 2017-18 FAFSA or CADAA using 2015 income information as required, and if possible, use the IRS DRT.
If you need help with using the IRS DRT, here is a helpful video tutorial from UCSB that clearly explains the process.
If you have any questions or need additional help, please contact the Financial Aid Office or Enrollment Office.
The deadline for UWest’s 2017-18 financial aid application is May 1, 2018.
UWest FAFSA school code: 036963