Due to the passing of the FAFSA Simplification Act enacted by congress, Federal Student Aid is rolling out significant changes to the FAFSA in phases, with full implementation of the largest changes in the 2024-2025 aid year.
This first major redesign in over 40 years is intended to make applying for federal student aid easier for students and parents, with fewer questions and fewer requirements to streamline the process.
Summary of Changes
The Department of Education announced that student’s FAFSA submissions will not be provided to their selected colleges until the end of March 2024.
This means that our Student Financial Aid office cannot confirm that your FAFSA has been received until a month or more after you have submitted it. We will send out email communications once we have received it so that you stay informed of your progress (anticipated in April 2024).
The new term contributor has been introduced to the 2024-2025 FAFSA, which refers to anyone who is required to provide information on a student’s FAFSA form.
The new FAFSA is student driven, so that means the student’s answers on their section will determine who will be a contributor. Contributors besides the student and parent may now include the student’s spouse or the parent’s spouse (stepparent). Contributors will each log in to the FAFSA separately with their own FSA ID account, to complete each of their specific sections and questions that only they can view.
How To Prepare
- Available Now: Create a FAFSA account. All participants with a Social Security Number (SSN) should create an FSA ID so it is ready for use. Create an FSA ID
- Available Now: FAFSA is Open. All parent and spouse participants, with or without a SSN, can complete. Submit Your Fafsa
- Stay Informed. Stay informed of the FAFSA release date and additional resources through the Federal Student Aid website and socials. Stay Informed