It's never too early to start researching potential funding for college, especially because scholarship deadlines vary widely. Colleges & Universities also vary widely on their deadlines for financial aid & scholarships, so be sure to check with your college or university of interest as well as checking federal and state dates.
Important deadlines are in February and March (usually the 15th) for Idaho Seniors for both FAFSA and the College Board Financial Profile. Do check with your school of interest about THEIR deadlines for scholarship applications and financial aid submission deadlines.
IMPORTANT TIP: FAFSA HAS CHANGED FOR THE 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR!
The 2017-2018 FAFSA will be open on October 1, 2016 - That's a full three months earlier than previous years. So, starting this year, your student will be able to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year at fafsa.gov.
Students will now use "prior-prior" year tax information when reporting personal & family income -- This is a major change and one of the main causes for delay in submitting a complete FAFSA in the past. Now, when completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA, your 2015 tax information will be requested. You can use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to automatically transfer your 2015 Federal income tax data. (This is beneficial, as it saves time and reduces errors).
See further information about different types of funding opportunities and links below.