2425 FAFSA Simplification

2425 FAFSA Simplification

The FAFSA is undergoing significant modifications as a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act, which was passed by Congress and is being implemented gradually. The biggest changes will be fully implemented in the 2024–2025 aid year.

With fewer questions and fewer requirements to simplify the application process, this first significant revision in more than 40 years is meant to make applying for federal student aid easier for students and parents.

Important Alerts 2024-2025 FAFSA

The Department of Education has announced that starting in mid-March 2024, student FAFSA data will be sent to schools, representing a six-week delay from the previous timeline. Even with this delay, it's important to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible.
After submitting your 2024–2025 FAFSA form, the Department of Education will send you an email to confirm receipt and provide future updates regarding your FAFSA status. To ensure you receive these updates, make sure your current email address is on file by logging into your StudentAid.gov account.
If you've encountered any issues while working on your 2024-2025 FAFSA, the Department of Education has created a page to track the status of FAFSA issues and offer guidance.

Summary of Changes

FAFSA for 2024-2025 available on December 31, 2023.  
How does the FAFSA differ now?  
The FAFSA will be simplified and easier to complete.  
Groups of individuals who meet the criteria for a temporary and independent status.  
The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is being replaced by the Student Aid Index (SAI).  
Applicants are required to use the IRS Direct Data Exchange system.  
The financial information of all "Contributors" is required.  
Consent to share tax information with the IRS.  
The parent who is now responsible for submitting the FAFSA in cases of divorce or separation has been updated.  
Parents without SSN can now apply for FSA ID  

Parent's Guide to the 2024–25 FAFSA®

Accessing the 2024–25 FAFSA Prototype

What is the 2024–25 FAFSA Prototype?  

Terminology Changes

  • Contributor: Anyone who is asked to provide information on the FAFSA – student, student spouse, parent(s), and stepparent(s) for example.
  • Consent: Each contributor will now need to provide their consent to their Federal Tax Information (FTI) being included in the FAFSA, even if they did not file a U.S. tax return.
  • SAI: Student Index Aid (SAI) replaces the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • FTI: Federal Tax Information (FTI) transferred directly from the IRS.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the release date for the 2425 FAFSA application?  
For which tax year is the information being reported on the FAFSA?  
Who can fill out the 2024–2025 FAFSA as a Contributor?  
When should I make my FSA ID?  
Once the FSA ID has been submitted, how much time does it typically take for it to be generated?  
What does consent mean, and why is it necessary for me to give it when filling out the FAFSA for the 2024-25 academic year?  
What is the outcome if a Contributor gives their consent but does not electronically sign the application?  

FAFSA Video Library

What’s Changed for the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form?



Who Is a Contributor on the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form?`

Why Do My Contributors and I Need Our Own StudentAid.gov Accounts for the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form?

What Does It Mean To Provide Consent and Approval on the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form?

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