Change has come to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • The date the FAFSA is available has changed from January 1 of senior year to October 1 of senior year.
  • The income tax information you will use to file has also changed. You will use what is called Prior-Prior Year Tax Returns. (PPY)

When can you file your FAFSA?

Graduating Class Year Attending College Which FAFSA? When can you file? Which tax info is used?
Class of 2016 Fall 2016 2016-17 Jan. 1, 2016 2015
Class of 2017 Fall 2017 2017-18 Oct. 1, 2016 2015
Class of 2018 Fall of 2018 2018-19 Oct. 1, 2017 2016

Students are encouraged to check with each college to which they are applying to verify their FAFSA priority filing deadline.

The FAFSA is always free and completed online at

By completing the FAFSA, students become eligible for campus-based scholarships and grants (both merit and need-based), work-study programs, Pell Grants and various student loan programs.

Filling out the FAFSA is a common requirement for states, schools and private scholarships offering financial aid. It is recommended that all students submit a FAFSA regardless of income their first year of college.

FAFSA Assistance

Leander ISD, in conjunction with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, is offering free FAFSA help on Oct. 25, 2016, at Cedar Park High School from 2-8 p.m.

This assistance is available to any LISD student and parent. Walk in help will be available, but parents and students are encouraged to sign up for a 30-minute appointment at this link. By signing up for an appointment, parents and students are guaranteed one on one help for 30 minutes.

All LISD High School campuses are offering additional FAFSA help. Please visit your high school counseling office website for additional dates.