AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced the Jan. 15 priority filing deadline for the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form will not be altered due to the partial government shutdown.
Institutions are encouraged to continue using the established date for FAFSA filing — two months earlier than the 2018 deadline — since the Department of Education is not included in the shutdown and will still be processing applications, according to the press release.
The agency advises students and institution staff members to be aware of college and university-specific guidelines for how students must meet the priority deadline. Certain institutions may choose to accept the filing date on the FAFSA as a basis for meeting the state deadline.
The Department of Education also released an announcement that it has expanded the amount of documents families can use for filing for the FAFSA. According to the announcement, tax returns and written statements of non-filing will be accepted forms of verification for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 cycles.
The 2019 FAFSA priority deadline is two months earlier than the 2018 date.