This year is the first year that application opened on October 1st. Instead of current year financials, which forces many to wait or use estimates, this year will now use year prior . This year you will use your 2015 income. If you have a substantial income difference since 2015 you can give that information to the school who then have ability to make an update to allow for higher awards. Those on ROTC contracted award are not eligible to get PELL but there are many other school based and other awards that require you to have completed the FAFSA. If you did FAFSA for 2016- 2017 super easy you can open your 2016 application and just put in the numbers again. Saves the having to pull out the Tax returns again will only have to adjust your current assets amount if different from last year.