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FAFSA Changes for 2017–18

Please be aware, there will be significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process that will impact millions of students.

Starting next year, students will be able to:

  • Submit a FAFSA Earlier: Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
  • Use Earlier Income Information: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information. This will mean that for continuing students, your 2017-2018 FAFSA will use the same income information as on your 2016-2017 FAFSA.

Other Important Information:

  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool: Since the FAFSA will now be based on an earlier tax year, there should be no reason to file a FAFSA using ‘estimated’ income information.

When completing the FAFSA, most applicants (and their parents, as appropriate) will be able to match certain required income fields directly with the IRS via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  Using the IRS Data Retrieval option is HIGHLY recommended for all FAFSA filers who are able

  • NJ State Application Deadlines Are Also Changing: Continuing NJ State Grant recipients (TAG, etc) must now file their FAFSA by April 15 each year in order to be considered for NJ State Aid for the next academic year. Also, required additional information must be submitted to the State no later than September 15.

NJ residents, make sure you complete the additional state questions by following the link on the FAFSA confirmation page or by going to 3-5 days after you have completed your FAFSA.



Because Ramapo is a state-assisted college, the cost of attending is affordable compared to many other institutions. There are three forms of student financial aid for which application can be made:

  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Work/Study Payments

The package offered to a student is determined by financial need and college year.

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available from their guidance counselors or online before being considered for financial aid.

Deadline: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): submit by March 1 of each calendar year, Ramapo School Code: 009344

Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA, A Student’s Guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

For a step-by-step visual guide on completing your FAFSA application, please click on the link below:

Financial Aid Calendar

  • Sept. through April – Prospective students indicate interest in financial aid on admissions applications.
  • After January 1 – Prospective students may obtain the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the high school guidance officer or online.
  • March 1 – Deadline to submit FAFSA in order to receive an award letter prior to May 15.
  • June 1 –  Last date for students to submit financial aid applications to central processor in order to receive aid that can be applied to fall charges.
  • By July 1 – College notifies students (who submitted aid applications by June 1) of aid awards.


Office of Financial Aid
Summer Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00am – 5:15pm Closed Fridays
Phone: (201) 684-7549
Fax: (201) 684-7085
Location: E-210 (Academic Building)

F. Shawn O’Neill
Director of Financial Aid
Office: E-210A

Jonathan Belle
Associate Director
Office: E-210B

Tancy M. Nuñez
Assistant Director
Office: E-207

Chrisanne McGarvey
Assistant Director/Systems Manager
Office: E-209

Gina Toriello
Data Assistant
Office: E-208

Janet H. Capolete
Financial Aid Counselor
(For students with last names with A-K)
Office: E-218B

Sussy Teijeiro
Financial Aid Counselor
(For students with last names with L-Z)
Office: E-218B

Robyn Perricelli
Refunds, Study Abroad
Office: E-210C

Julia Pezzamenti
Financial Aid Assistant
Office: E-210