The 2017-18 early FAFSA initiative was implemented by the United
States Department of Education (US DOE) as a way to simplify and
improve the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) process.
Fall 2016 marked the first time the FAFSA and CADAA (California
Dream Act Application) were available starting October 1. Along
with an earlier FAFSA and CADAA timeline, students were allowed
to use prior prior tax information. This early financial aid
initiative helped improve college choice and access to financial