Prior-prior year FAFSA

Enrollment management in an age of universal price transparency

Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, students and families seeking college admission for fall of 2017 will be able to complete the FAFSA using their 2015 tax information. The prior-prior year change provides several possible benefits for prospective college freshmen and their families, including:

  • Application timing that permits streamlined FAFSA completion through the IRS Direct Retrieval tool
  • Earlier access to Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) scores
  • Longer timeframes to consider college costs and evaluate institutional aid packages.

Prior-Prior Year FAFSA Easier, Earlier, More Upfront Information on Cost

Member Voice: The View from the Frontline

The shift to prior-prior year (PPY) income data is a clear win for families, giving them more information on price earlier in the college search process, but it raises a number of issues for enrollment management. To get a practitioner perspective on how institutions will respond, we spoke with the following enrollment managers:

  • Mary Chase, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Creighton University
  • Donald Resnick, Chief Enrollment and Success Officer, The New School
  • W. Kent Barnds, Vice President Of Enrollment, Communication And Planning, Augustana College
  • Kedra Ishop, Associate Vice President, Office of Enrollment Management, University of Michigan
  • Zina Evans, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management, University of Florida
  • Pam Horne, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admissions, Purdue University

The subsequent synopsis of the near- and long-term impacts of prior-prior year reflects a combination of the interview findings and EMF analysis of academic and industry research.

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