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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

You can get a sense of how much federal student aid you may be eligible for, with the Federal Student Aid Estimator. It takes about 10 minutes, and you can do this before filling out the FAFSA.

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