By DeEtte L. Loeffler, J.D., L.LM, Taxation
The filing date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) starts on October 1, 2016. The filing period usually begins on January 1st, but the government has decided to give students a longer time period to apply for financial assistance. In order to potentially receive grants and loans in 2017, students must provide information from the 2015 or 2016 tax year. The deadline to file is June 30, 2017.