new FAFSA rules

The New FAFSA Rules for 2017-18

Mari DeCristo Paying for College

Tweet Are you a high school senior? Or the parent of one? If so, applying for financial aid is likely on your list of things to do this year. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, is the most important financial aid application you’ll complete. Unfortunately, the FAFSA is also a source of stress for many students and their parents. There’s good news, though. This year some new FAFSA rules have been put in place that make completing and submitting the FAFSA a whole lot easier. They may also help you in other ways. In this post I’m going to: describe the new FAFSA rules; talk about how they’ll affect you; and explain how you might use them to your advantage. The FAFSA changes were announced in September of 2105. They affect anyone starting or attending college in the 2017-18 school year. What’s changed? There are two major changes.