2017-2018 FAFSA Changes

Starting with the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the following changes have been put in place:

- Students will now be able to submit a FAFSA 3 months earlier: Rather than beginning on January 1, 2017, students will be able to submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.

- Students will be required to report income information from an earlier year. For example, on the 2017-18 FAFSA, students/parents (when applicable) will report 2015 income information, rather than 2016.





JULY 1, 2015 – JUNE 30, 2016


JANUARY 1, 2015 – JUNE 30, 2016


JULY 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2017


JANUARY 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2017


JULY 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2018


OCTOBER 1, 2016 – JUNE 30, 2018


JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019


OCTOBER 1, 2017 – JUNE 30, 2019


Conflicting Information

Although the 2016-17 and 2017-18 FAFSAs should be completed using the same 2015 income tax information, there may be conflicting information between the two FAFSAs which MUST be resolved in order to be awarded Federal financial aid or to continue to receive Federal financial aid. Therefore, after students complete and submit the 2017-18 FAFSA the Department of Education (DOE) will perform a comparison between the two aid year applications. If certain conflicting information is identified and it produces a significant change in the students Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the DOE will flag the student’s 2017-18 FAFSA and will notify the school. The Student Aid Report (SAR) will also notify the student of the conflicting information. All aid (if the student has already been awarded) for BOTH aid years (2016-17 AND 2017-18) will be STOPPED until the conflict is resolved. Including Federal Work Study (FWS). All currently employed FWS students will be notified immediately and must cease their employment until the conflict is resolved.

Once conflicting information is identified, students will be notified by GCC email and/or mail, and if necessary, must submit any requested documentation in a timely manner. If the EFC changes as a result of the resolution of the conflicting information, and if the student has a Federal Pell Grant as part of his/her 2016-17 (and or 2017-2018) financial aid award, the Glendale Community College Financial Aid Office may need to adjust the amount of the Federal Pell Grant (and/or other applicable aid) for both aid years. Adjustment of aid may include increases and/or decreases of aid.  All other financial aid received for either year may also be affected, i.e. loans, FWS, grants. 

Failure to submit this documentation in a timely manner can also result in an over award of all or some of the 2016-17 aid that was already received. If the conflicting information for the 2016-17 FAFSA is not resolved by August 25, 2017 the resulting over award will be transferred to the US Department of Education, Debt Resolution department for collection and no further aid for future years will be awarded/disbursed until the student establishes a satisfactory repayment plan with the US DOE.

In order to avoid the possibility of conflicting information and reduction of federal aid we recommend the following:

- Complete the 2016-17 AND 2017-18 respectively.

- Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for both years if possible. If we have the DRT data from either year, and if there is conflicting information between the two years we may use the DRT data to make a correction to the other FAFSA year.

- Read all Warning Edits while completing the 2017-18 FAFSA. For this transition period where the same 2015 tax information is being reported, students who complete the FAFSA on the Web will have new edits that warn them if one or more of the income or tax amounts differ from the data input for 2016-17. If you receive these pop up warnings make sure to review the information carefully before inputting any data.

- Monitor your “MYGCC” and READ and review your “To DO List” frequently.

Conflicting information may arise at any time after completing a FAFSA (for any aid year), after using the DRT, and after submitting ANY documents to the GCC Financial Aid Office. Therefore, monitor your GCC email, and if you have any questions please contact the financial aid office immediately so that we can work with you to resolve any and all issues in a timely manner.

 Financial Aid TV:  Conflicting Information videos