2017 – 2018 Early FAFSA Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Not necessarily. Pell Grant amounts are not determined by the U.S. Congress until 2017, and TAP award amounts are subject to the passing of the annual New York State fiscal budget by the New York State legislature, which also does not occur until 2017. Typically, financial aid award information for the new financial aid year generally becomes available in April. The purpose of Early FAFSA is to provide students and/or their families more time to apply and in a more convenient manner.
The earlier you file the less pressure you and your family will feel during the application process. Also, your financial aid will be available in CUNYfirst at the earliest possible time, which means less waiting in the long run.
If you or your family have experienced significant changes in your income between 2015 and 2016 that affect your eligibility for financial aid, we recommend that you speak to one of our financial aid advisors as soon as possible.