FAFSA Launch

The New FAFSA is Here!The Department of Education has initiatied its soft launch of the overhauled 2024-25 FAFSA. Stay tuned here and to Today's News for the latest from NASFAA regarding the FAFSA launch.

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Statements from NASFAA

Statement on FAFSA Tax Data Errors
April 2, 2024 - On Monday, the U.S. Department of Education released more details on three issues concerning tax data reported on applicant records through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Statement on FAFSA Calculation Error
March 22, 2024 - Today, the Department of Education announced that a miscalculation in the formula of the FAFSA resulted in incorrect financial need information for several hundred thousand students being sent to colleges and universities.

March 18, 2024 - NASFAA last week signed onto a community letter urging the Department of Education (ED) to delay reporting requirements, beyond the July 31, 2024 deadline, associated with the implementation of the department’s final rule for gainful employment (GE) and financial value transparency (FVT) framework. The final rule was a result of negotiated rulemaking conducted in the winter of 2021 and early spring of 2022. The letter, spearheaded by the American Council on Education (ACE), calls on ED to provide this flexibility in the wake of delays associated with the 2024-25 FAFSA so that schools can focus on packaging student aid. Read the full letter.

February 27, 2024 - NASFAA on Monday submitted comments to the Department of Education (ED) related to its authentication process for individuals without a Social Security number (SSN) applying for an FSA ID. NASFAA reminded ED of the importance of this population’s ability to obtain an FSA ID and to submit the FAFSA. With respect to the form, NASFAA’s comments were largely technical and focused on areas where ED could provide more clarity.

February 20, 2024 — Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it will, in “the first half of March,” provide a permanent fix for FAFSA applicants who have been unable to complete and submit their forms because one or more of their required contributors do not have Social Security Numbers (SSNs).

February 1, 2024 - It's no secret that the last several months have been challenging for our profession, for our students, and for the higher education community as we navigate the launch of a completely overhauled FAFSA. The most recent news out of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) compounds those challenges even further. Read an open letter from 2024-25 National Chair Helen Faith and NASFAA President & CEO Justin Draeger to the NASFAA member community.

Dear Students: Colleges Are Not Receiving Your FAFSA Information

January 30, 2024 - Today, the White House and U.S. Department of Education officially announced that institutions will not receive FAFSA applicant information until the first half of March, further delaying an already sluggish process.

January 24, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has confirmed that it will now update, in accordance with the law, the thresholds used to protect a portion of a family’s income from being considered available for college expenses by inflation-adjusted amounts. 

NASFAA Statement on 2024-25 FAFSA Launch
January 2, 2024 - The Department of Education began its soft launch of the overhauled 2024-25 FAFSA, during which time the application was available for limited periods of time as ED pulled it down from time to time to address ongoing operational issues.

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