DeLuca advises 2017-18 college students that FAFSA can be filed Oct. 1

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, is informing students who plan to attend college in the 2017-18 school year that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be filed as of Oct. 1.


"This is an important date change for almost every college student," DeLuca said. "The FAFSA form is a requirement for almost any application for student aid, whether through the school, the state or federal government or for private scholarships. The new application opening is three months earlier than previous years, and also, just as importantly, the new date means that the previous year's tax information will be used for the application."


Under previous rules, applications were not available until Jan. 1 of the school term's calendar year and families were required to provide the tax information for the just-ended calendar year, which was not due to be filed until April.


"Allowing the earlier application date, and the acceptance of the previous year's tax information will allow students to apply at their convenience and also reduce the stress of trying to prepare the necessary tax returns before all information is available," DeLuca said.


DeLuca reminds all college-bound students that the FAFSA form must be filled out to be considered for any federal grants, student loans or work-study programs or any Pennsylvania state grants offered through PHEAA.


The FAFSA form can be filled out online at


DeLuca also reminds families that the first word in FAFSA is free, so there is no reason to pay anyone to fill out the forms.