Starting on Oct. 1, prospective college students will be able to access and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — commonly known as FAFSA — for the 2017-18 school year. That’s three months earlier than the usual date and is part of an initiative by the Obama Administration to provide timely financial aid information to high school students and their families.
U.S. Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. spoke with us about how exactly this decision will help.
On the issue this earlier deadline is trying to resolve: