September 27, 2017


CONTACT: Donna Oracion, 575-624-7403



ENMU-Roswell is notifying students and parents of several significant changes for the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process, starting with the calendar date of October 1, 2017. This is the open date for the 2018-19 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Use 2016 tax information to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA.


The FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year opens on October 1. If you plan to attend college during the 2018-2019 school year, you should submit a FAFSA if you are eligible to do so.

First time? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Create an FSA ID. If you are a dependent student, one of your parents will need to make one as well. This is your legal, electronic signature. You cannot submit the FAFSA without one. If mom/dad has already created an FSA ID (for older siblings), they must use that one.
  2. Gather all necessary documents, including bank statements, 2016 tax information, any records of untaxed income, etc.
  3. Start the FAFSAIf you or your parent are given the option to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, use it! It will drag tax information from the IRS straight to the FAFSA and save you a lot of time.

Recent FAFSA changes:

Last year, the Department of Education began opening the FAFSA earlier than it had previously, in October instead of January. You can access the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year starting on Oct. 1, 2017.

The department also changed the tax year that it requires families to submit for income information. Families should now use their prior-prior year tax information to complete the FAFSA instead of the prior year’s tax information. In other words, use 2016 tax information to complete the 2018-19 form. This allows you to file the FAFSA before filing your previous year’s taxes.

More information can be found online at The application can be completed at  Students and parents can also call the ENMU-Roswell Financial Aid Office at 575-624-7400.