There are a number of strategies you can implement to try to enhance the amount
of federal financial aid your child receives. These strategies take advantage of
the federal rules about which family income and assets are counted in
determining your family's expected family contribution (EFC).
The FAFSA relies on current asset information but income information from two years prior, which is referred to as the "base year" (e.g., the 2018/19 FAFSA relies on your 2016 tax return; 2016 is the base year).