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.
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.