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What is changing on the FAFSA application?

The application for the 2024–2025 FAFSA is designed to be easier to fill out with a substantial reduction in questions. Some key changes:

  • The federal Pell Grant eligibility will expand to more students as determined by family size and income
  • Both students and parents must create an FSA ID and provide consent for the FAFSA to retrieve their tax information from the IRS through the Direct Data Exchange (DDX)
  • In the case of divorced or separated parents, the parent who provided the most financial support in the last calendar year must complete the application
  • The number of children in college at the same time will no longer affect eligibility for federal need-based aid

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