The 2024-2025 FAFSA will bring big changes that will impact your seniors and their families as they begin the application this fall. Here’s what you need to know as you’re planning for the upcoming school year:
- The 2024-2025 FAFSA form will be available December 2023. The significant changes to the form have delayed its opening from the usual October 1. No specific date has been announced yet. In future years, the form open date will return to October 1.
- The Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID will be more important than ever. Students and parents are highly encouraged to create an FSA before beginning the form (including parents without a social security number). FSA IDs can no longer be created and used on the same day.
- Questions are different. There have been questions removed, added, and reordered. The questions on the 24-25 form are more aligned with the federal income tax form.
- The Parent included on the form could be different. For dependent students with separated parents, the parent who provides the most financial support must be included on the upcoming FAFSA form. In previous years, the form required that the custodial parent’s information was included. In most cases this will be the same parent but could differ for others.
- There are significant terminology changes. All of us will be challenged with changing the terminology we have used when referring to the FAFSA. Our colleagues at NCAN have compiled all the New Jargon we must all learn to use.
- Direct Data Exchange (DDX) will replace IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is being retired and replaced by Direct Data Exchange. With DDX, IRS will share federal tax information with the Department of Education and colleges listed on the FAFSA. Every contributor on the form is required to consent to DDX or the student will not be eligible for federal financial aid.
- Student Aid Index (SAI) will replace Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The Student Aid Index (SAI) will be used to determine eligibility for financial aid. The SAI can be as low as -1,500. The switch in the formula is expected to increase the number of students eligible for the Pell Grant.
- Financial aid eligibility could decrease with SAI formula. While it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of students eligible for the Pell Grant, there will be some students who see a decrease in financial aid eligibility. This likely due to the SAI formula not including siblings in college and requires the net worth of all businesses and farms, regardless of size. More to come about net worth!
- Fall preparation is key! Fall is a great time to prepare students and parents for what’s to come. Host FSA ID Creation Events and make them aware of the information required for the FAFSA. Missouri’s priority deadline for state aid is February 1st with a tentative filing deadline of April 1.
- Support will be available. MOCAN and its partners are offering in-person and virtual workshops this fall and spring. All Fall events are currently posted on our Events Page. NCAN, uAspire, and Federal Student Aid will all have resources available for professionals as well as students and their families.