Starting with the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the following changes have been put in place:
Students and parents will be required to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool available on the FAFSA web site to download tax return data directly from the IRS when filling out the FASFA forms.
For college students looking to enroll for the first time in September of 2017, they need to get moving. The applications are available now. In the past, students and parents had to wait on the completion of their tax return prior to filing. Often estimates were used and refiling was necessary when actual tax returns were filed. Those days are over. As long as all of your returns have been timely filed, the applications can be submitted.