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Can I file a FAFSA even if I haven't filed taxes yet?



Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, the tax information required will be for the "prior prior" year. In most cases, you will want to have filed that required year's taxes before you file for the FAFSA. For example:

  • The 2017-2018 FAFSA will require your 2015 tax information. In most cases, you will want to have filed your 2015 taxes before filing your 2017-2018 FAFSA.

If you want to file a FAFSA before filing the required year's taxes, you can do so by simply estimating your tax information on the FAFSA. Then, after you have filed your taxes, you can correct your FAFSA information, if necessary.

To correct FAFSA information that was previously filed, first wait to receive your SAR (Student Aid Report), which indicates that your initial filing has been processed. This typically happens within 2 weeks of providing the Department of Education with your signature. Then go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/fafsa and enter the student's first name, last name, Social Security Number, and date of birth. Then click on Make FAFSA Corrections. You will then need to enter a Federal Student Aid ID number. If you don't already have an FSA ID, you can get one by going to https://fsaid.ed.gov.


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