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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your annual application for financial aid and determines whether you qualify for grants, work-study, loans, need-based scholarships, and other institutional/state grants. But, things are changing for the FAFSA for the upcoming 2024-2025 aid year! The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) will update this page as additional information is made available so we can continue to educate students, families, and our campus community on the new processes.
The FAFSA Simplification Act was enacted by Congress as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and it is an initiative to make applying for federal student aid easier for students. This process is the first major redesign of the FAFSA process in over 40 years!
Instead of opening on October 1, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will be available by December 31, 2023. This is the only year that we anticipate such a delay. We suggest that students and their FAFSA contributors check studentaid.gov frequently, between now and the end of the year, so you can complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA as soon as it is available!
The new FAFSA will feature fewer questions, have fewer requirements, and retrieve tax information using a direct data exchange from the IRS instead of the previous IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Pell Grant eligibility will be linked to family size and the federal poverty level. The expectation is more students will qualify for this need-based aid.
The following federal financial aid requirements, rights, and responsibilities have not changed or had only minor updates: