IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailability Update


On March 30, 2017, The IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced the Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov will be unavailable until the IRS is able to provide extra security protections to protect taxpayer data.  Students and families should be prepared for the tool to be offline until the next FAFSA (2018-2019) is available (October 1, 2017).  Until then, students and families completing a 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 should manually enter 2015 tax information (not 2016).  If a student's FAFSA is selected for verification, please follow the instructions in the letter sent to the student on how to request a tax return transcript and other tax related documents from the IRS.  If anyone has questions about completing their FAFSA or about verification documents, please contact our office. 


Changes to the FAFSA: What You Need to Know About the 2017-2018 FAFSA


With the start of the 2016-2017 school year just behind us, it's time to start looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year and what students and their families need to know about the changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA is important for a few reasons, as it is the student's access point to receiving several forms of financial aid including grants, loans, and work study. Here’s a look of what’s new:

Submit the FAFSA sooner

Students will be able to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA starting October 1, 2016.  This is a permanent change to FAFSA, allowing students to submit a FAFSA before the start of a new year.

Use earlier income and tax information

The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be require students and their families to report their 2015 tax information.  If your family's income has significantly changed since the 2015 tax year, please contact us.

Deadlines

The priority date for the Kansas Board of Regents Scholarship application is May 1, 2017. The Board requests that applications be RECEIVED by this date. There is a $12.00 application fee for these scholarship programs.

Kansas Comprehensive Grants are available to needy Kansas undergraduate residents that are enrolled full-time.  To be considered you must complete and submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA by the April 1, 2017 deadline.

To ensure that you are considered for the best possible aid package you should complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA as soon as you are able.