FAFSA Information & Resources

The FAFSA has historically been available on January 1, allowing students to apply for financial aid for the upcoming school year, beginning in the Fall. On September 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, and now those changes have taken effect. As of October 1, 2016, you can submit the FAFSA earlier and going forward, you’ll be using earlier income information. Here’s what you need to know. SEU’s code for FAFSA purposes is 001521.  

Submitting the FAFSA earlier

Students can file a FAFSA as early as October 1 rather than beginning on January 1. This earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. With this change, each year’s FAFSA will be based on earlier income information.

Using earlier income information

Beginning with the 2017–2018 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information using earlier tax information. For example, on the 2017–2018 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information rather than their 2016 income information.

Go Mobile!

The U.S. Department of Education Website is a great resource for additional information. They’ve even released a FAFSA mobile app on the App Store and on Google Play!

Prepare to Submit your FAFSA

  1. Know which tax year to use.
    See the chart below.
  2. Gather your information before you start.
    Before you begin the FAFSA form at fafsa.ed.gov, you’ll first need to set up your own personal FSA ID and will need other personal and financial information, such as your social security number (SSN) and tax information (if you have any).
  3. Get your parent or guardian’s information, too.
    You’ll need to have your parents create their own FSA ID, and have their personal information (SSN, etc.) and their tax information. (If they want, some parents can even retrieve their tax data while completing the FAFSA directly from the IRS website!)
  4. Know SEU’s school code.
    Southeastern’s School Code is 001521, which you’ll need to use on the FAFSA so you can make sure your information gets to the Student Financial Services office at SEU.


This table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

When A Student is Attending College (School Year) Earliest a Student Can Submit a FAFSA Which Year’s Income Information is Required
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 beginning October 1, 2017 2016
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 beginning October 1, 2018 2017
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 beginning October 1, 2019 2018
July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 beginning October 1, 2020 2019
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 beginning October 1, 2021 2020
July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024 beginning October 1, 2022 2021

  Note: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to applying for financial aid, including Federal Student Aid programs (such as Federal Pell Grants, Student Loans and Work Study), and SEU grants and scholarships.