Draft 2015-16 Paper FAFSA Open for Comment

Karen McCarthy, NASFAA Policy Staff

The Department of Education (ED) has posted a draft of the 2015-16 Paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other related documents (e.g., Paper Student Aid Report). The documents can be found under Forms and Instructions.

Other than rolling over date references, ED has indicated that the only substantive change in the 2015-16 draft is the inclusion of references to “User ID and passwords, and/or any other credentials” to the certification statement. The draft text is as follows:

“If you sign any document related to the federal student aid programs electronically using a personal identification number (PIN), user ID and password, and/or any other credentials, you certify that you are the person identified by that PIN, User ID and password, and/or other credential, and have not disclosed that PIN, User ID and password, and/or other credential to anyone else.”

Although the 2015-16 FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) demo site is not yet available and the number of paper filers is small, we encourage you to review the draft paper FAFSA and submit your comments and suggestions on both the draft paper FAFSA and FAFSA on the Web in general. Your comments are important because question wording for FOTW is often duplicated from the paper FAFSA and because comments on FOTW can be taken into consideration as ED develops the FOTW demo site this fall.

Comments should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal by selecting Docket ID number ED-2014-ICCD-0126 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. In addition, please submit a copy of your comments to NASFAA so that we can represent the interests and concerns of our member institutions.

Comments are due by October 27, 2014.


Publication Date: 9/23/2014

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