2020-2021 FAFSA:  What to Know. The Fafsa launched on Oct. 1 2019.  You'll report your 2018 tax information. There's no need to update it after filing your 20189 taxes.


You can file your FAFSA as early as October 1 by using tax information from two years prior. This may make it a little confusing about which FAFSA you should fill out, so use the information below as a guide.

  • FALL 2020-2021 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC during Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021, you need to fill out the 2020–21 FAFSA form using 2018 tax info. 

  • FALL 2019-2020 FINANCIAL AID: If you plan to attend HCC during Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020, you need to fill out the 2019–20 FAFSA form using 2017 tax info. 


From now on, the FAFSA will ask for  tax information from two years prior. For the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you—and your parent(s), will report 2018 income and tax info, rather than your 2019 income and tax info. This change means you won’t have to use estimates anymore, or log in later to update your FAFSA after you file taxes.

Having the FAFSA available earlier will give you more time to meet most deadlines to submit requested information. However, this does not mean that HCC will award your financial aid package early. Awarding will not begin to take place until the Spring semester following October 1 open date. 

Tips to Help You Get It Done

Steps to Complete FAFSA

Please click here to check out five steps in financial aid process. 


How to Automatically Import Tax Information

When possible, please use the Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import 2018 tax information into the FAFSA. This means you won’t have to worry about entering incorrect information.


Two Ways to Fill Out FAFSA

You have two ways to complete the FAFSA form – the fafsa.gov website or the new myStudentAid mobile app. Using the app, you can fill out the FAFSA form safely and securely from your mobile device. On the app, you can also manage your FSA ID, view your federal student aid history and loan information, and more. The myStudentAid app is available from both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).


One-on-one Help to Fill Out FAFSA


If you need one-on-one assistance with completing your 2020-2021 FAFSA, please feel free to visit one of Houston Community College’s financial aid offices. A list of Financial Aid Office locations and hours are available at hccs.edu/finaidcontact.



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