Apply each academic year that you wish to be considered for financial aid. The FAFSA is now available as early as October 1 for the following academic year. For the current academic year, including Fall 2017, Winter 2017-18, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018, you should complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA. For the next academic year, including Fall 2018, Winter 2018-19, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019, complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA (available after Oct. 1, 2017). The 2017/2018 FAFSAs will require your 2015 income information, and the 2018/2019 FAFSA will require your 2016 income information. If you filed a 2016 federal tax return, you will be able to use the Data Retrieval Tool on the 2018/2019 application to connect your IRS information to your FAFSA, saving time and ensuring accuracy.