Federal Student Aid has announced that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®️) is once again available to apply for financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year.
FAFSA can be completed at studentaid.gov. If you would like assistance completing the FAFSA form, schedule a free appointment with RISLA's College Planning Center.
What's New & Different?
In simplest terms, The FAFSA Simplification Act, effective for the 2024-2025 academic year, was introduced to streamline the application process, provide expanded eligibility for federal aid and Pell Grants, and provide a better user experience when completing the FAFSA form. Some highlights below:
*Modifications to Family Definitions in FAFSA® Formulas
*Streamlining the FAFSA® Form
Where possible, the law mandates that we use data received directly from the IRS to calculate Federal Pell Grant eligibility and the SAI. The FAFSA Simplification Act also removes questions about Selective Service registration and drug convictions. It also adds questions about applicants’ sex, race, and ethnicity, which have no effect on federal student aid eligibility (starting with the 2023–24 award year).
More good news: The new form has been reduced to fewer than 40 questions versus the previous 100-plus questions.
An FSA ID is Still Required!
The FSA ID is a username and password used to complete and sign the FAFSA. It’s also your account with the U.S. Department of Education and is used to complete online tasks like signing federal student loan documents. To create an FSA ID, visit studentaid.gov. Select "Get Started" to create your account.
Estimate Your SAI
Get a preview of the new SAI. RISLA provides a calculator to estimate the new FAFSA Student Aid Index calculation for students and families to get an early look. Remember, based on the new SAI range, the new calculation can result in a negative SAI of up to $1,500. Do not perceive a negative value as an error!
RISLA’s SAI Calculator can be found at https://www.risla.com/sai-calculator
Help is Available
You don't need to worry about being overwhelmed by the FAFSA. RISLA's College Planning Center has been helping families complete FAFSA and other financial aid forms for over 25 years. Money for college starts with FAFSA and can provide you with eligibility for Federal Aid, Grants, and Work Study. Please schedule an appointment with us today! And Tell your Friends too!