More Time Can Help Maximize Financial Aid for College Students

Sep 19, 2016

Thanks to a change in the opening date to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students can get a three-month head start on the process starting October 1for student aid for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Additionally, applicants will now be using prior tax year (2015) data that can be retrieved directly from the IRS, allowing for earlier completion of the FAFSA which may expand their options for funding higher education. 

“With early access to the FAFSA, students and parents are encouraged to complete the process this fall to help make informed decisions about which schools represent the best combination of net cost and overall fit to meet their academic goals,” said Amber McCown, Director of Admissions, Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW).  “FSW has resources in Admissions and Financial Aid to help individuals start their educational journey.”

The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for federal and state grants, loans, and work study. Individuals applying for federal financial aid can begin this process at For more information please visit or contact Tiziana G. Marchante, the Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach in FSW’s Office of Financial Aid, at 239-489-9336, or

Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit for more information.