New Changes Take Effect October 1 for 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid Process

By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Students applying for financial aid to Central Arizona College and other colleges or universities can now file their 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1, 2016.

With the permanent change to October 1, students will now be required to use income and tax information from an earlier tax year. To complete the 2017-18 FAFSA, income and tax information for 2015 will be required.

“The change to October 1 will benefit students,” stated Elisa Juarez, CAC’s Director of Financial Aid. “Students will no longer need to estimate their tax information because they will have already completed their taxes by the time they complete the FAFSA. In the past they had to go back into FAFSA and update their information. Also, since their taxes are done, students can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import tax information into their FAFSA.”

For additional information regarding the FAFSA, please visit www.studentaid.gov/fafsa. Online chat options with a customer service representative are available during certain times of the day.

The CAC Financial Aid office can also assist with questions. Please email finaid@centralaz.edu or contact the campus office of your choice, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.:

Signal Peak Campus: 520-494-5425

Superstition Mountain Campus: 480-677-7708

San Tan Campus: 480-677-7830

Maricopa Campus: 520-494-6429

Aravaipa Campus: 520-357-2800

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814