As of January 17, 2013, the Funding Year 2013 Form 471 filing window had been open for 37 days. In that time, applicants filed 2,268 Forms 471, approximately one third of the number of Forms 471 posted in the first 37 days of the Funding Year 2012 window.

While the Funding Year 2012 window was open for a shorter time than the anticipated timeframe for the 2013 window, it appears that the Christmas holiday and the extended number of days in the 2013 window have resulted in fewer applicants getting an early start. Applicants are encouraged, however, to file their applications as early as possible.