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FAFSA 2024-2025

Improvements and changes have been made to the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, so make sure you’re in the know before you start the application process. Stack of money with grad cap on top

What to Expect

Some of the biggest changes to the online FAFSA form for 2024-25 are the ability to access the status of your FAFSA form in your account and the ability to have your FAFSA information sent to up to 20 colleges, career schools, or trade schools.

There’s also a new term, "contributor," being introduced on the 2024-25 FAFSA form. A contributor is anyone required to provide a signature on a student’s FAFSA form as well as consent and approval to have their federal tax information transferred directly into the FAFSA form. Contributors may include the student, their spouse, a biological or adoptive parent, or a stepparent. Each contributor must have their own account to access the online FAFSA form.

What Can I Do Now to Prepare?

Have your 2022 tax documents.

New Terms to Know

These new terms are used throughout the 2024/2025 FAFSA:

  • Contributor – any individual required to provide consent and approval for federal tax information (FTI) along with their signature on the FAFSA form, including the student; the student’s spouse; a biological or adoptive parent; or the parent’s spouse (stepparent)
  • Direct Data Exchange (DDX) – System used to transfer individuals' tax information to determine federal aid eligibility (replaces what used to be the IRS data retrieval tool DRT).
  • Student Aid Index (SAI) – A calculation based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that allows us to determine how much need-based financial aid you are eligible for. It provides schools with a picture of your family’s financial strength. Replaced what used to be known as Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • FAFSA Submission Summary – Output document providing a summary of data input on the FAFSA form received after completing FAFSA application (replaces what used to be known as the student aid report (SAR)).

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