Student Financial Aid FAFSA Workshops in October at McKendree

Use 2015 Income Tax Information to Apply Online

(LEBANON, Ill., September 8, 2016) — The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 academic year is available on Oct. 1—three months earlier than in previous years. For decades, determining eligibility for federal financial aid has been based upon the prior year tax information. However, beginning this October, students will be expected to complete the FAFSA using tax information from two years prior to their anticipated college entrance date.

Need help filing the FAFSA? The McKendree University Office of Financial Aid is offering free workshops in October to help college students and their parents complete the application online. Assistance will be available between 9 a.m. and noon on the following Saturdays: Oct. 1, 8 and 15 in the Piper Academic Center, Room 120, on the university campus at 701 College Rd. in Lebanon. For details or to register online, visit

The FAFSA will be submitted online at the workshops. McKendree University financial aid professionals will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance throughout the process. The following information is necessary to complete the FAFSA:

•   Social Security Number (or Alien Registration Number for non-U.S. citizen students)

•   2015 income records, including earnings from work or business, child support paid or received, and any other untaxed income. If available, a W-2 or federal income tax returns are helpful.

•   Information about assets, such as savings, certificates of deposit, stock options, bonds, 529 plans and other college savings programs; and investment real estate, business and farm.

•   Driver’s license number

•   Student’s date of birth

Anyone seeking help, from any college or university, is welcome to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information, call 618-537-6828. The FAFSA website is