FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Prior-Prior Year (beginning 2016 for aid applications for the 2017-18 award year)
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Prior-Prior Year (PPY) refers to a policy enabling students and families to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using tax information from two years ago. For example, a high school senior planning to enroll in college in Fall 2017 will file FAFSA using taxes from 2015.
PPY debuts in October 2016, for aid applications for the 2017-18 award year. This means that the high school class of 2017 will be the first high school cohort to use the PPY FAFSA, and all returning college students in that same year will also use it.
New: Review a Department of Education PowerPoint on the 2017-18 FAFSA and visit their 2017-18 FAFSA Changes website, with FAQs, fact sheets, and more geared toward school counselors. Many other Department resources are located on the sidebar to the right.
Prior-Year (for award years 2015-16 and 2016-17)
Under PY, when students and their families file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), they must complete the form using tax information from the prior year. For example, a high school senior planning to enroll in college in Fall 2016 must file FAFSA using her family's 2015 tax information. The current FAFSA does not become available until January 1, and many families are not able to complete it until closer to April, when federal taxes are due for most filers. The PY FAFSA schedule does not align with the college admission calendar and serves as a deterrent for some students who would otherwise pursue higher education.
Imagine you are a high school senior planning your college and financial aid application process. Here is how PY and PPY compare:
Prior-Prior Year (PPY)