You might think your need isn’t large enough for financial assistance, but you might be surprised. Completing the following three steps – sooner rather than later – will ensure that you are considered for the appropriate aid available to you.

  1. The only way to know for sure if you qualify for financial assistance is to complete the FAFSA – the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    Semester of Enrollment FAFSA form for you Availability
    Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018 2017/2018 FAFSA
    Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Summer 2017 2016/2017 FAFSA
  2. Submitting the Title IV Authorization Form allows UAB to use your federal aid to pay for non-mandatory charges up front. The Financial Aid office highly recommends that you submit this form to avoid paying fees out-of-pocket.

  3. Complete the Resource Form if you are receiving any financial assistance in the form of scholarships, VA benefits, tuition assistance, etc.

 


Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2017-2018

  • Submit a FAFSA earlier:
    Students will be able to submit a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit their FAFSAs as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule. The 2016–17 FAFSA became available Jan. 1, 2016.)
  • User earlier income and tax information:
    Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income and tax information, rather than their 2016 income and tax information.

 

Summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when you plan to go to school
If you plan to attend college from You will submit this FAFSA You can submit the FAFSA from Using income and tax information from
July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 2015–16 January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016 2014
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 2016–17 January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 2017–18 October 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 2018–19 October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019 2016
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