FAFSA Simplification

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has released a list of issues they are working to resolve with the 2024-2025 FAFSA. We recommend monitoring this site for issues reported, status, and their workarounds. Please revisit our website for the latest updates, which will be published as they become available.

The FAFSA Simplification Act introduces significant changes and overhaul to the processes and systems to award federal student aid. This includes the FAFSA form, need analysis, and the many policies and procedures.

The goal of these changes is to make it easier for students and families to apply for federal student aid and to help streamline the process.

New Terminology on the FAFSA Form

Each contributor will be required to provide consent and approval to have their federal tax information transferred from the IRS, have their tax data used to determine the student's eligibility for aid, and allow the U.S. Department of Education to share their tax information with institutions to administer Title IV aid. The consent is necessary even if the contributor does not have an SSN, did not file taxes, or filed taxes in a foreign country.

Anyone who is asked to provide information on the student's FAFSA. This includes the student, student's spouse (if applicable), biological or adoptive parent, or the spouse of the remarried parent who is on the FAFSA.

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Rather than importing tax information from the IRS to FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), application will provide consent to provide their FTI via a direct data share with the IRS.

The SAI replaces what is formerly known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The SAI is calculated from the information on your FAFSA to determine your family's ability to pay for college and is used to determine aid eligibility.

When a student is unable to contact a parent or contact with the parent poses physical or emotional harm to the student. Students with unusual circumstances will be given a provisional independent status and complete the FAFSA without providing parent information.

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Completing the 2024-2025 FAFSA: Step-By-Step instructions

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2024-2025 FAFSA: Updates and How You Can Prepare

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