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Recent Department of Education rule changes allow students to apply for FAFSA three months earlier than previously available.

(Source: Recent Department of Education rule changes allow students to apply for FAFSA three months earlier than previously available.

New federal rules have changed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) procedure, allowing students to apply for federal student aid funds earlier than ever before.

Previously, the earliest a student could file was Jan. 1 but thanks to rule changes by the US Department of Education, students can now file their applications starting on Oct. 1.

Students are also able to use earlier tax information than ever before to apply. Whereas students (and parents, as appropriate) were previously required to include the current year’s tax and income information in their FAFSA application, they can now submit information from the previous year.

More information on the changes can be found here.

With more students than ever taking online classes, and many institutions now requiring online exams to be proctored, ProctorU has identified a unique need in the online education market.

Now, ProctorU access cards allow students to pay for online exam sessions with financial aid funds.

Many students are already paying for ProctorU’s service through While the website accepts all major credit cards, access cards allow students to use financial aid funds to pay for proctoring sessions when they purchase their books and other supplies.

ProctorU access cards are purchased in the bookstore by test-takers and redeemed online while scheduling exams. Each access card contains a unique code hidden inside a sealed and folded card. Four categories of cards cover different exam lengths, including thirty-minute, one-hour, two-hour and three-hour exams.

For more information about ProctorU access cards, please call 888-355-8043 or email

About ProctorU
ProctorU provides distance proctoring services for colleges, universities and certification organizations that offer examinations online. The service allows students to take exams from nearly anywhere in a secured environment. ProctorU uses a patent-pending three-step process that confirms that the student who registered for an exam is the individual who is taking the exam and is following the institution’s testing requirements. The service is modeled after the in-classroom experience and proctors monitor the entire process in order to ensure that a high level of integrity is maintained throughout. ProctorU offers live, person-to-person, real-time monitoring to nearly 1,000 colleges, universities and certification organizations, including the University of Alabama, the University of Florida and Northwestern University. ProctorU operates dedicated proctoring centers in Folsom, Calif., Livermore, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., and Hoover, Ala.

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