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The Financial Aid Office at Eastern Connecticut State University assists parents and students who might not otherwise be able to meet their educational expenses. The staff in the Financial Aid Office is available to assist students, both current and prospective, in determining their eligibility for available financial aid.

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

Upcoming Changes for 2017-2018 
FAFSA Submission Date: October 1, 2016Students will be able to submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. For further explanation, click here
Financial Aid Priority Deadline: March 1, 2016The priority deadline is the date you must submit the FAFSA application in order to be considered for the most aid possible
Income and Tax Information Reported from: 2015Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will report income and tax information from an earlier tax year. For further explanation, click here

Make sure you do these three things when applying for Financial Aid in 2017-2018:

  1. Submit your 2017-2018 FAFSA before March 1st: Apply as early as October 1st.
  2. Use the Data Retrieval Tool to link yours and your parent’s tax information:The need for additional paperwork will be reduced, and your award received sooner.
  3. Check your Eastern email and eWeb Services frequently after submission: Your quick response to office requests will help prevent delays to your financial aid award and payment.

 

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