FAFSA Colors

on August 23, 2017

Each year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) uses a different set of colors. Ever wonder why? We reveal the secrets of the FAFSA color schemes below.

 

Four-Year Color Rotation

 

The FAFSA goes through a four-year color rotation, from orange to green to blue to yellow. The parent section of the FAFSA always is in purple.

 

The purpose of the color rotation is to prevent confusion between the FAFSA application cycles for consecutive years, since there is a nine-month overlap from October to June. Also, most students file four or fewer FAFSAs, so four colors is sufficient to distinguish the FAFSAs filed by most students.

 

The FAFSA colors through the year 2029-2030 are as follows:

  • Green (2017-2018) 
  • Blue (2018-2019) 
  • Yellow (2019-2020)
  • Orange (2020-2021)
  • Green (2021-2022)
  • Blue (2022-2023)
  • Yellow (2023-2024)
  • Orange (2024-2025)
  • Green (2025-2026)
  • Blue (2026-2027)
  • Yellow (2027-2028)
  • Orange (2028-2029)
  • Green (2029-2030)

Official FAFSA Colors

 

The official Pantone colors for the FAFSA are shown in this table. The “U” stands for uncounted paper. The Pantone colors do not match the actual colors in the PDF versions of the FAFSA, which are shown in RGB and Hex formats.

 

FAFSA Color

Pantone Color

RGB

Hex

Orange

PMS 156U

247 185 132

F7B984

Green

PMS 390U

151 169 38

97A926

Blue

PMS 633U

39 130 158

27829E

Yellow

PMS 108U

255 221 53

FFDD35

Purple

PMS 263U

231 224 239

E7E0EF

 

Pink (PMS 196U) previously was used in the 2000-2001 and 2004-2005 FAFSAs.

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