2018-19 Financial Aid

To help you better prepare for NEXT YEAR'S financial aid for Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019:

Submit a FAFSA® Earlier:
You will be able to file your 2018–19 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017. This is referred to as “Early FAFSA”.

  • Remember, the 2018-19 FAFSA application is available NOW at fafsa.ed.gov.
  • Students completing a 2018–19 FAFSA are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to utilize the  IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) which allows you to import your tax income information electronically onto your FAFSA.
  • After submission of your FAFSA on October 1 or thereafter, we can begin processing your FAFSA in mid-November, 2017 and will advise you immediately if additional information is needed.

Use Earlier Income Information:
You will provide income information from one tax year earlier. This means the 2018–19 FAFSA will collect 2016 income information rather than having to submit the FAFSA application with income estimates that may need correcting, or worse, waiting until the previous year’s tax return has been filed. This is referred to as “Prior-Prior Year”.


Receive Your Award Notification Earlier:
Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior-Year will allow faster and easier submission of your 2018-19 FAFSA application which, in turn, will allow us to determine your financial aid eligibility earlier as well. We anticipate 2018-19 awarding to begin in February 2018.


Please do not hesitate to contact us at financial-aid@mwsu.edu or call 940-397-4214 should you have additional questions.