The 2017-18 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the NYS TAP Application
2017 college students can now use their 2015 income tax information. That is a big change from before, when you had to wait until January to file the FAFSA and then had to wait until the tax return was done -- now you can file your FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016 and use the tax return from the 2015 year -- a lot less pressure this way.
New York State students can then complete the NYS TAP Application once the FAFSA is completed.
Click here to learn more about the FAFSA changes for 2017-2018.