Starting fall 2015 American college and university students were able to apply for federal student aid based on their family’s income from two year’s earlier (this year for 2018). This will be available for all students seeking financial aid for the 2017-2018 academic year.
With financial aid awarding occurring earlier critical recruitment will need to be adjusted as well with counsellors setting out on the college fair and high school circuits as early as spring. It will be essential that universities and colleges get their value messages communicated as early as possible, when students are sophomores or even juniors in Highschool. The prior prior year policy offer many benefits to students and their families searching for the right college or university.
We saw this article re-posted on twitter recently. It’s an oldly but still a goodie: http://www.universitybusiness.com/article/preparing-your-campus-prior-prior-year