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(Application Processing) Subject: Notice of the Draft 2017-2018 Federal Student Aid Application Materials

Posted Date:March 29, 2016

Author: Lisa DiCarlo, Director, Student Experience Group, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Notice of the Draft 2017-2018 Federal Student Aid Application Materials

Draft versions of the proposed 2017-2018 application forms used by individuals applying for federal student aid, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and the Student Aid Report (SAR), are available for public comment. Only public comments regarding the FAFSA and related forms should be submitted during this comment period.

The federal student aid application process is required to collect and process the data necessary to determine a student’s eligibility to receive Title IV, HEA program assistance. The application process begins with an applicant submitting a FAFSA to the Department of Education. After submitting the FAFSA, the applicant receives a SAR, which is a summary of the data the applicant submitted on the FAFSA. The applicant reviews the SAR, and if necessary, makes corrections or updates to the submitted FAFSA data.

The community is invited to review the updated draft documents and submit comments on or before May 31, 2016. The updated draft of the 2017-2018 FAFSA, the updated draft of the 2017-2018 SAR and the updated draft of the 2017-2018 SAR Acknowledgement can be viewed by clicking this link:!docketDetail;D=ED-2016-ICCD-0036. Once the Web page opens, click on “Supporting Statements” or “Form and Instructions” and each of the “DOC” or “PDF” icons to open the documents.

Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at by selecting Docket ID number ED-2016-ICCD-0036 or by linking directly to the site here:!docketDetail;D=ED-2016-ICCD-0036. Click on the “Comment Now!” button to submit a comment.

We have made some changes to the application. These changes are explained in the FAFSA Enhancements Summary document, which can be found here:!documentDetail;D=ED-2016-ICCD-0036-0003; click on the “DOC” icon next to “2017-18 Summary of Enhancements” to open the document.

Last Modified: 03/28/2016