2018-19 FAFSA is Now Open!

FAFSA Filing Pro Tips

  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
    • New security features added!!
      • You will not be allowed to see the information after it has been transferred from the IRS. This information comes directly from the IRS, so if you are comfortable you filed your tax return correctly, you should not be concerned with the accuracy of that information.
      • You will receive a letter in the mail letting you know that the DRT has retrieved your tax information.
  • If your unable to use the DRT, pay careful attention when manually entering your information. Use 2016 tax year information ONLY!
  • Make sure ALL information is accurate, especially the fields not retrieved from the IRS
  • Avoid these common FAFSA mistakes
  • Find more helpful tips for completing the FAFSA here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What semesters is the new FAFSA for?
July 1, 2017 –
June 30, 2018
2017-18 October 1, 2016 –
June 30, 2018
July 1, 2018 –
June 30, 2019
2018-19 October 1, 2017 –
June 30, 2019
Why use 2016 tax information?

As of October, most people required to file taxes will have already done so for 2016. This means most filers can link directly to the IRS and use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). The DRT takes the guesswork out of transferring your information from your tax return to the FAFSA. It also lets the Financial Aid office know the information is the most accurate it can be.

What is the benefit of filing early?

Filing now means no mad dash in August to get everything completed. If you’re a current student, now is a great time because you’ll also be on campus in case you need to ask our office any questions. You may have witnessed long lines or experienced increased wait times at the beginning of the most recent semester. Avoid that next year by filing now!

When will I be offered financial aid for 2018-19?

Awarding for new Panthers-to-be will begin January 2018! If you’ll be starting at UWM in Fall 2018 keep an eye on your e-mails in late January for an award notification from us!

Once you submit your FAFSA, be sure to monitor your PAWS to-do list! If you’ve been admitted, you have submitted your FAFSA, and there is nothing on your to-do list, all that’s left is to be patient! We will work to award as many new Panthers as soon as possible.

Current Panthers! Don’t think we have forgotten about you! Since financial aid is based on your academic performance and how much you have borrowed so far, your award packages for next year get a little trickier. We hope to have awards out to you after April 2, 2018!