Rock Valley College

What You Need to Know

The 2019-2020 FAFSA is available on October 1, 2018. The FAFSA uses prior prior year income information. Therefore you will use the tax information from 2017 to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.

Early access to the FAFSA application helps streamline the process for students and for schools. Using income and tax return information from two years prior enables students and parents to accurately import tax information directly from the IRS using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool that is embedded in the FAFSA, and eliminates the need to estimate information. This will drastically simplify the FAFSA application process for the majority of students. In addition to this, you will have an earlier indication of how much your family is expected to contribute, which will help with budgeting for the upcoming school year.

The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

When a Student is Attending College (School Year)

When a Student can submit a FAFSA

Which year's Income and Tax information is required

July 1,2016-June 30, 2017

January 1, 2016-June 30, 2017


July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

October 1, 2016-June 30, 2018


July 1,2018-June 30, 2019

October 1, 2017-June 30, 2019


July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020

October 1, 2018-June 30, 2020



Maximize Your Grant Eligibility

Monetary Award Program (MAP) - The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants (which do not need to be repaid) to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need, based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). This grant is determined on a first come first serve basis and your eligibility is determined in part on the timeliness of your FAFSA submission. File your FAFSA as soon possible to reserve your place in line for the consideration of this grant. Please note that the final authorization of this grant is based on the approval of the state budget.



Be sure to select the correct year; beginning October 1st both the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 FAFSA will be available at

  • 2018-2019 - used for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019
  • 2019-2020 - used for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020