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For the upcoming 2017–2018 graduate and undergraduate financial aid process, you will be able to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning January 1, 2017. This change will be permanent, and the FAFSA will be available each year on October 1.

While we encourage students to file their FAFSA early, our submission deadlines have not changed. Please refer to our website for deadlines and document requirements.

Beginning with the 17–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income and tax information from an earlier year. For 2017–2018, students and families will report 2015 income and tax information, rather than 2016 information.

The following table provides a summary of dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

When a Student is Attending College (School Year) When a Student Can Submit a FAFSA Which Year's Income and Tax Information is Required
July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016 January 1, 2015–June 30, 2016 2014
July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017 January 1, 2016–June 30, 2017 2015
July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018 October 1, 2016–June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019 October 1, 2017–June 30, 2019 2016


These changes will allow students and families to fill out their FAFSA with accurate income and tax information, rather than estimating information and updating the FAFSA at a later date.

Because 2015 taxes will have already been filed with the IRS, students and families will be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import tax information into the FAFSA.

Because the FAFSA is available earlier, students and families will have more time to explore and understand the financial aid options available to them.

Important: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable. However, the online FAFSA application remains operational and families can still submit their information manually.


The Office of Student Services offers a wide range of financial resources and information for Boston College students and their families. These resources include:

Financial Aid Information:

 Student Account Information:

Just click on any of the links to find the answers to your questions or to just learn about the financial services available in our office.  And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions as you explore our site.


Want to learn more about federal financial aid? Visit

BC's Net Price Calculator (intended for first-time, full-time undergraduates)
Using the net price calculator, you can estimate your eligibility for financial aid from schools to which you plan to apply and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses.

IRS Form 1098-T Information
Certain tax benefits may be available to students who have incurred qualified expenses for higher education. To assist you in the determination of eligibility for an education tax credit, Boston College provides Form 1098-T.