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Students will see changes when filing FAFSA for 2017-18; application available Oct. 1

Every year college students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, most commonly referred to as the FAFSA, to qualify for financial aid. But a few changes are in store for the upcoming school year.

This year students will not have to wait until January to file their application, but can file as early as Oct. 1 using 2015 tax return information for the 2017-2018 school year.

The FAFSA application is a vital component to the education process for any student seeking higher education. It is the determining factor for eligibility in grants and loan disbursements along with eligibility for student worker positions.

“We believe the changes will allow for an easier more convenient process for students,” said Michelle Shutt, Educational Opportunity Centers Coordinator at WKU. “We want every student to have an opportunity for maximum award eligibility.”

Shutt works with the EOC to help ease the process for students who may be applying for financial aid the first time or who simply need assistance.

The FAFSA application will open Oct. 1 and should be submitted by June 30, 2017. Students are able to go back and make changes following the deadline.

The EOC is a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and has offices across Kentucky. The main office is on WKU’s Bowling Green campus.

EOC offers free counseling to participants concerning FAFSA and the college admission process.

Any student with FAFSA application concerns should contact one of the EOC offices — Bowling Green (270) 745-4441 or Glasgow (270) 659-6900.

More: 2017-2018 FAFSA update; WKU Student Financial Assistance

Contact: EOC, (270) 745-4441

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