Let's Talk: FAFSA Simplification Series Topics

Let's Talk FAFSA Simplification Logo To help under-resourced schools navigate FAFSA simplification, Blue Icon Advisors is offering this special Let's Talk series. All sessions take place on designated Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. ET and are 45 minutes.


Expectations of the New FAFSA - Let's Be Ready!

December 12, 2023 

Are we ready for when the Department of Education releases the 2024-25 FAFSA? How are you revising and updating your messaging to staff, students, and stakeholders?

FAFSA Follow-Up: Comments, Concerns, Considerations

January 9, 2024

Now that the new FAFSA has been released, what are your comments, concerns, and considerations? Are your students successfully completing the FAFSA, or are they struggling?

Staff Training - What's Working? What's Important?

January 23, 2024

Share creative or innovative ideas you are using to help staff understand and get ready for  2024-25. How are staff managing two different delivery systems at the same time?

What Are We Seeing With Verification?

February 13, 2024

It's a new world given the direct IRS data transfer to the FAFSA. How is this impacting your school's ISIRs? Who's getting selected for verification? Let's discuss how the new IRS data transfer process is impacting file review and verification at your school.

Codes, Comments, and Conflicts - Oh My! 

February 27, 2024

Let's discuss ISIR comment codes (new and old), any concerns you may have, and how we are addressing the codes and flags.

What Happened to Your Aid Packaging as a Result of SAI?

March 5, 2024

After years of calculating aid eligibility using the EFC, how has the new SAI impacted your awarding process? Did you replace lost grants? Let’s discuss challenges and surprises. 

Removal of FAFSA Questions - Did Contingency Plans Work?

March 19, 2024

With the removal of the housing and work-study questions, we have been forced to come up with new methods for addressing COA and FWS as a result. How have you addressed this change?

Unanswered Questions Where Guidance Would Help

April 2, 2024

Now that we have been working in the FAFSA simplification world, what unanswered questions do you have? Is there anything that we can do to help?

Dependency Status Focus

April 23, 2024

It has been over five months since the 2024-25 FAFSA was released. Are you finding problems or discrepancies with dependency determination? Has there been an impact on your students and families?

Revisiting the Definition of a Parent and the Concept of a Contributor

May 14, 2024

Let's discuss the new definition of a parent and the concept of adding a contributor and how it is impacting your population. Did your students and parents make it through the confusion?

Is Your Office P&P Manual Updated?

May 28, 2024

Have you updated your policies and procedures to reflect the FAFSA simplification changes? If not, what challenges have caused delays in updating your P&P?

Looking Forward to 2025-26? 

June 11, 2024

Can you believe we survived the storm? Now, it’s time to start thinking about 2025-26. Let's discuss how we are moving forward after weathering the storm.


This work is generously sponsored by a grant from Strada Education Foundation.

Publication Date: 11/15/2023

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