Important Aid Application Process News for the 2017-18 Year:

Two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process will begin with the 2017-18 FAFSA application process. 

In past years, the FAFSA has not been available until January 1 of the year preceding the award/academic year e.g., January 1, 2016, for the 2016-2017 award/academic year. Beginning with the 2017–2018 FAFSA cycle, the application will become available to students and their families three months earlier on October 1 e.g., October 1, 2016, for the 2017-2018 award/academic year. This will allow students additional time to complete the FAFSA. While Suffolk University will keep its preferred financial aid application deadlines in place (, students who have been admitted to Suffolk may now apply and receive their aid package earlier.

The second change, which also starts with the 2017-2018 cycle, impacts the information students will now provide on the FAFSA. Going forward, the FAFSA will collect income information from the tax/calendar year one year earlier than has been used in the past. Thus for the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students and families will provide income information from calendar year 2015 and not from calendar year 2016. Because of this, almost all tax return filers will be able to electronically transfer their tax information directly into their FAFSA by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). This will mean an easier application process for most students.

The Office of Student Financial Services understands the financial aid application process can be confusing.  We have detailed the application process and the steps required for each type of student at Suffolk. 

Start by finding "yourself" in the list at the left. You'll find step-by-step instructions for moving through the financial aid application process. 

We are committed to helping students and their families finance a Suffolk University education. If you have problems, please contact us by phone (during business hours, Eastern time) at 617-573-8470. Email: You may also schedule a visit. We are located on the 6th floor, 73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA., 02108.