Major changes are coming to the FAFSA for this upcoming year! The FAFSA Simplification Act was passed by Congress in 2020 and represents one of the biggest changes to federal student aid in over 40 years. Among other things it has required a complete rewrite of the FAFSA application and processing system.
The 2024-25 FAFSA will not be available until late December 2023. This late date is a one year anomaly as the Department of Education completes the new, simplified FAFSA. In 2025-26 the FAFSA will go back to being available starting October 1. The Department of Education has told universities that we will not receive the FAFSA applications you complete until late January 2024. This delayed timeline will be challenging for you and for us. We will do our best to communicate with you as we get updated information. Please file your FAFSA as soon as possible in late December 2023. We will notify you as soon as we receive your FAFSA application in late January 2024.
There are a number of updates that should make the FAFSA a more streamlined and user-friendly experience, as well as several changes to how a student/family's financial "need" is calculated. Some highlights are:
While there are many changes coming, there are still many things that will remain the same or similar to before, such as:
Federal Student Aid has a brief overview of FAFSA Simplification changes at studentaid.gov. Further information should be posted on studentaid.gov as the 2024-25 FAFSA is closer to release.
We will also use this webpage for any other major updates as we learn about them.