Changes in Free Application for Federal Student Aid process to take effect Oct. 1

Students applying for financial aid to Central Arizona College and other colleges or universities can file their 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as Oct. 1.

With the permanent change to take effect Oct. 1, students will be required to use income and tax information from an earlier tax year. To complete the 2017-18 FAFSA, income and tax information for 2015 will be required.

“The change to Oct. 1 will benefit students,” stated Elisa Juarez, CAC’s director of financial aid. “Students will no longer need to estimate their tax information because they will have already completed their taxes by the time they complete the FAFSA. In the past they had to go back into FAFSA and update their information. Also, since their taxes are done, students can use the IRS data retrieval tool to automatically import tax information into their FAFSA.”

For additional information, visit www.studentaid.gov/fafsa. Online chat options with a customer service representative are available during certain times of the day.

The CAC Financial Aid office also can assist with questions. E-mail finaid@centralaz.edu or call the campus office  between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the following phone numbers:

In the far east Valley:

•San Tan Campus, 3736 E. Bella Vista Road in San Tan Valley. 480-677-7830

•Signal Peak Campus, 8470 N. Overfield Road in Coolidge. 520-494-5425

•Superstition Mountain Campus, 805 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. 480-677-7708

Elsewhere:

•Aravaipa Campus, 80440 E. Aravaipa Road in Winkelman. 520-357-2800

•Maricopa Campus, 17945 N. Regent Drive in Maricopa. 520-494-6429

For more than 45 years, Central Arizona College has been serving and educating the diverse communities of Pinal County.  With eight campuses and centers located strategically throughout the county, CAC provides accessible, educational, economic, cultural, and personal growth opportunities for those of all ages.

For more information, visit www.centralaz.edu.

Editor’s note: Angela Askey is the executive director of public relations and marketing for Central Arizona College.

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