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2016 was a year of changes in financial aid, the biggest being the introduction of the early FAFSA, which is now available in October instead of January. Students and parents began adjusting their college and financial aid application timeframes accordingly, as some colleges also moved...

If you complete the early FAFSA in the fall you could receive financial aid offers by the end of the year. During the transitional period, many institutions are still considering their timeframes, but some have confirmed they will make their offers weeks earlier than was...

One of the advantages of the early FAFSA is that it is supposed to bring financial aid notifications more in line with college acceptances. The intent is to provide students and parents with more information on which to base an objective decision. Now that it...

This year has been a topsy-turvy one in the world of financial aid. The Department of Education came out with the early FAFSA in October, which left parents, students and schools trying to figure out their new approach ever since. Anecdotal evidence reveals that the...

Many high school seniors and their parents are congratulating themselves for being so prompt about completing the early FAFSA to determine their eligibility for financial aid. In most cases, this is enough, but some 400 colleges, universities, professional schools, and scholarship programs utilize the CSS/Financial...