With the start of the New Year, the higher education community hit the ground running as the Department of Education initiated its soft launch of the 2024-25 FAFSA over the weekend. Since the launch, applicants have been reporting glitches and complaints due to the intermittent availability of the form. NASFAA is continuing to work to keep the financial aid community and the public updated on how the soft launch, limited availability, and overall timeline will impact the college enrollment process.
In response to the limited availability and reported glitches during the soft launch, NASFAA President Justin Draeger issued the following statement:
"Even by soft-launch standards, this weekend’s rollout was challenging and students, families, and financial aid administrators who have been waiting for this release for months are understandably frustrated.
Frustration will likely continue because even if students fill out the FAFSA today, we still don’t have an exact date of when schools will receive FAFSA applicant data, so financial aid administrators can begin building and communicating financial aid packages.
We know the Department of Education is working to bring the FAFSA online 24/7, but until that happens, and until we know more details about when schools will begin receiving finalized applicant data, schools cannot provide realistic timelines about when students and families will receive financial aid offers.”
While NASFAA continues to monitor developments concerning the FAFSA rollout here’s a look at the most recent* articles quoting NASFAA staff on the FAFSA launch:
Stay tuned to Today’s News for additional coverage, analysis and updates concerning the 2024-25 FAFSA.
*This list was last updated on January 3, 2024.
Publication Date: 1/4/2024