Central State University, FAFSA Starts October 1, Earlier, Easier, NOW, fafsa.gov

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Students can submit their FAFSA earlier – starting October 1.

Central State University School Code: 003026

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Advantages of the new process

You already have tax information

Beginning with the 2018-19 FAFSA, the application will collect income information from the tax year two years prior. For the 2018-19 FAFSA, students and families will provide income information from the 2016 tax year.

Using an earlier tax year to determine eligibility for financial aid will make it significantly simpler for families to complete their FAFSA, because they will not be working to get tax information for the FAFSA while also trying to complete those taxes. The updated FAFSA uses taxes that were filed the previous year and are often available for easy download.

Most aid applicants and their parents will be able to use the FAFSA/IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to automatically view and transfer required tax return information directly from the IRS onto their FAFSA. Using the DRT increases the accuracy of information used to determine aid amounts and can eliminate the burden of providing tax return transcripts to your school for verification of income information.

Transferring completed tax information directly onto the FAFSA makes for a much simpler aid application process for most students and families.

More time to complete verification, if selected

Some students will be randomly selected for verification. Getting the FAFSA completed earlier means that students can find out earlier if they were selected for verification.  This gives them more time to gather the necessary documents to complete the verification process.