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On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that impacted millions of students. Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle, the following changes were put in place: 

  • Students are now able to submit a FAFSA beginning Oct. 1, rather than beginning on Jan. 1. The earlier submission date is a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1st every year.
  • Students now use earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) reported their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

2018-19 FAFSA: Students and parents will report their 2016 income information


CSUSM School Code is 030113

Complete the FAFSA