Seniors and parents of seniors: The 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form will now be available on October 1, 2016 for seniors who are applying to start college next fall. The FAFSA is an online form (www.fafsa.gov) that determines eligibility for federal, state, and college based financial aid including grants and student loans. It is a time sensitive, first come – first served form that needs to be completed as soon as possible on or after October 1, 2016 so that you don’t lose out on money for which you may be eligible. In the past, the form was available on January 1st, but if you wait until then to fill out the new form, then you may very well be too late. Contact your school counselor if you have questions. https://www.kheaa.com/pdf/fafsa_checklist.pdf?main=1 provides a checklist to help you get started.