(Updated 6/10/24)

In December 2020, Congress passed the . This act will offer a major redesign of the processes and systems used to award federal financial aid. Due to the implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act, the application will be delayed this year. Usually, the FAFSA is available to complete on Oct. 1; the 2024-2025 FAFSA became available on Dec. 31, 2023. This is only temporary. After the 2024-2025 aid year, the FAFSA will return to its usual availability. The U.S. Department of Education also recently released based on the new Student Aid Index (SAI) which will also provide an estimate of Pell Grant eligibility under the new needs analysis system.


This page features a roundup of changes beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year, frequently asked questions, resources and timelines to assist you. Bookmark this page and for updates.

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General FAQs

StudentAid.Gov Account (Previously known as FSA ID) 

What is a StudentAid.Gov Account, previously called Federal Student Account Identification (FSA ID)?

When creating a StudentAid.Gov Account, the username and password will be used by students and contributors to access federal student aid websites. If you already created a Federal Student Aid Identification Account (FSA ID) previously, you are good to go! It will be just a change of name.
 

Who needs a StudentAid.gov account, and what is it used for?

All students and contributors must create an account if they are:

  • Filling out the鈥疐ree Application for Federal Student Aid鈥(FAFSA庐) form
  • Signing your鈥疢aster Promissory Note鈥(MPN) 
  • Applying for repayment plans 
  • Completing loan counseling 
  • Using the鈥疨ublic Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool 


How do I create an account?

To create an account, go to and click "Get Started." You will need to provide:

  • Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number
  • You will also need to create a memorable username and password and complete challenge questions and answers to retrieve your account information if you forget it.


When should I create an account?

You can create an account at studentaid.gov at any time, but it is recommended that you create it at least a week or two before you start filling out the FAFSA form. This will give you time to verify your account and make sure that it is working properly. New ID鈥檚 typically take up to 3 business days to verify.
 

What if I need help creating an FSA ID?

can help with detailed information.  .


My parent or spouse doesn't have a Social Security Number (SSN). Would they still be a contributor to my FAFSA?

Yes, starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA, your parent or spouse will also be required to create a StudentAid.gov account and verify it. To create a StudentAid.gov account, they can choose the option that allows them to create it without an SSN, and follow instructions.


What is two-step verification and why do I have to set it up for my StudentAid.gov account?

Two-step verification is a security feature that helps protect your StudentAid.gov account from fraud. When you enable two-step verification, you will be required to enter a code from your mobile phone in addition to your username and password when you log in to your account.


Does each contributor need a unique phone number or email for multi-factor authentication?

Yes. Each contributor must have a unique phone number or email for multi-factor authentication. See the FAQ below regarding 鈥楥ontributors鈥 for more information.


Do both parents need to create an account or just one like before?

This depends on the family's situation. For example, if a student has married parents filing taxes separately, both parents will need to create an account. See the FAQ below regarding 鈥楥ontributors鈥 for more information.


If Independent and married, does my spouse need to create an account or just one like before?

This depends. If a student if married and files taxes separately, the spouse would be considered a contributor and would need to create an account. See the FAQ below regarding 鈥楥ontributors鈥 for more information.


What is the impact if the student and parent already have an FSA ID? Do they need to create another StudentAid.Gov account?

None. Just ensure they are verified and ready to use when the FAFSA 2024-25. Please note FSA ID鈥檚 expire if unused. Updated or new FSA ID鈥檚 take up to 3 business days to verify.

Contributors starting FAFSA 2024-25 

Who are contributors for FAFSA 2024-25 purposes?

A contributor is anyone required to provide consent and approval for obtaining federal tax information needed to complete a student's FAFSA. If applicable, it may include:

  • Student
  • Student's spouse
  • Parent, biological or adopted
  • Parent's spouse (stepparent)


Who are not contributors?

The following are not contributors unless they have legally adopted you:

  • Grandparents
  • Foster parents
  • Legal guardians
  • Brothers or sisters
  • Aunts or uncles 


How are contributors determined?

The student's or parent's answers to certain questions on the FAFSA form will determine which contributors (if any) will be required to provide information.


What do contributors need to provide?

  • Name
  • Date of birth 
  • Social Security number
  • Email address 
  • Personal and financial information 


What steps do contributors need to follow?

  • Receive an email informing you that you've been identified as a contributor.
  • Create a StudentAid.gov account if you don't already have one. 
  • Log in to your account using your FSA ID account username and password.
  • Review information about completing your section of the FAFSA form. 
  • Provide the required information on the student's FAFSA form. 


What if I am a contributor and don't want to provide my information?

Being a contributor does not implicate financial responsibility. However, if a required contributor refuses to provide their information, it will result in an incomplete FAFSA form, and the student will become ineligible for federal student aid.


In cases where biological parents are not married, who should provide information on the FAFSA?

  • The parent who provides the most financial support should complete it.
  • If one parent pays child support, that parent should complete the FAFSA if the child support amounts to more than half of the student's support.
  • If a dependent student's parents are unmarried and living together, both parents will need to complete the FAFSA as contributors. 
  • If the parent who provides most financial support is remarried, that parent and the stepparent's income should be on the FAFSA, even if they were not yet married on the requested tax year.   
Consent starting FAFSA 2024-25  

Why do I need to provide consent?  

requires all contributors on the FAFSA to provide consent to share their tax information with the IRS. This consent is necessary for the Department of Education to request federal tax information from the IRS and to use that information in the federal student aid application process.


What happens if I don't provide consent?  

If you, as a student, or a spouse or parent, don't provide consent on the FAFSA, you will not be eligible for any federal aid.


What happens after someone provides consent, or Federal Taxes Information (FTI) Approval, on the 2024-25 FAFSA?

Providing consent allows the Department of Education to use your name and social security number to match with the IRS so the IRS may share your tax information with the Department of Education to determine a student's eligibility for federal student aid.


Do I still need to provide consent if I had a low income and was not required to file taxes or even if I had zero wages?  

Every contributor still needs to provide consent on the FAFSA, so the IRS can confirm to Federal Student Aid (FSA) that you, your parents, or spouse didn't file taxes.


What happens if a contributor does not provide consent?  

Students who have been determined 鈥榙ependent鈥 and whose contributor does not provide consent will be eligible only for an unsubsidized Stafford loan. Please contact sfs@alvernia.edu for assistance if you have questions about your contributor鈥檚 consent.


What happens if a contributor provides consent but doesn't sign the application?  

Starting 2024-25, all parties must complete the FAFSA application online. If a signature is missing, the parent or the contributor that needs to complete their section and/or sign the application must obtain an FSA ID and get into the application and complete their section.  

Federal Taxes, Assets & Financial Data  

Will students still be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)?  

No. Starting FAFSA 2024-25, the DRT will no longer exist. Federal Student Aid (FSA) will now directly transfer Federal Tax Information (FTI) from the IRS into the FAFSA form as long as you have provided FSA with the consent to do so.


Will non-custodial parents be contributors if they have not claimed the child on their taxes?  

Yes. Starting with the Simplified FAFSA, students will determine which parent to report based on which one provides the most financial support. The reported parents will provide consent to transfer their taxes data even if they do not claim the student on their taxes.


If parents who are remarried provide more financial support to the child than a biological parent, does the stepparent have to provide their tax information?  

Yes. If the parent providing more financial support is remarried, the stepparent's tax information is required.


What if my parent or stepparent does not want to provide their tax information for my FAFSA?  

We cannot provide tax advice, but our Federal Aid Counselors can offer to talk directly with the parent or stepparent to explain why the Department of Education requires their information. Please email sfs@alvernia.edu for more information.


Can my parent or I self-report our income on FAFSA?  

Yes, but you still need to provide consent. We recommend you choose FAFSA provide your income from IRS taxes. If your situation has changed from the required tax year, please contact our office after you鈥檝e received your completed financial aid offer.


What if I had a low income and was not required to file taxes?  

Students whose parents were not required to file a federal income tax return will automatically receive a SAI of -1500.


Why are assets different on the FAFSA 2024-25?  

Starting 2024鈥25 award year, some financial information previously considered income or previously excluded from asset reporting will be required as assets instead. These include:

  • Annual amount of child support received.
  • Net worth of all businesses, regardless of the size or number of employees.
  • Net worth of farm including the value of a family farm (family primary's residence is still excluded). This includes the fair market value of land, buildings, livestock, unharvested crops, and machinery actively used in investment farms or agricultural or commercial activities, minus any debts help against those assets.
  • For dependent students, education savings accounts will only be counted as parental assets if the account is designated for the student.  
Professional Judgment & Appeals 

What are unusual circumstances?

Unusual circumstances are when a student is unable to contact a parent or where contact with the parent poses a risk to the student. Examples include human trafficking, legally granted refugee or asylum status, parental abandonment or estrangement, and student or parental incarceration.


How can I be considered an independent student?

To be considered an independent student, you must meet one of the following criteria and provide documentation:

  • Born before January 1, 2001
  • Married (and not separated) 
  • A graduate or professional student 
  • A veteran 
  • A member of the armed forces 
  • An orphan 
  • A ward of the court 
  • Someone with legal dependents other than a spouse 
  • An emancipated minor 
  • Someone who is unaccompanied and homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless 

 

What other types of professional judgment can students and families request?

Other types of professional judgment include:

  • Changes in dependency status
  • Changes in income or expenses after filling your 2024-2025 FAFSA
  • Changes in cost of attendance after filling your 2024-2025 FAFSA
  • Professional judgment cases will be reviewed after you receive a complete financial aid offer.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact sfs@alvernia.edu.


 

Resources

Latest Updates
  • Attention PA State residents! The PA Department of Education has partnered with a nonprofit and has created a FAFSA completion hotline and text number. Contact this free resource today: 313-PA-FAFSA (313-723-2372)
  • Ready to fill out your FAFSA form now? .
  • When the 2024鈥25 FAFSA form first became available, a technical issue prevented contributors without a Social Security number (SSN) from starting or accessing the form. This issue has been resolved. Students are now able to submit a fully completed FAFSA form that includes contributor information. Please see .
  • Students who are legal residents of Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and who were previously eligible to transfer their FAFSA information directly into their state aid application, will be directed to a state-approved URL to complete their state applications separately.
  • Questions about the information outlined in this announcement can be submitted to the Department in FSA's Partner Connect Help Center. To submit a question, please enter your name, email address, topic, and question. When submitting a question related to this announcement, please select the topic 鈥2024-25 FAFSA.鈥
What is Changing
  • Students and families will find the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, easier to complete with fewer questions.
  • Everyone who enters their information on the FAFSA will be required to create a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID), even if they do not have a Social Security Number. All FSA IDs must be set up before starting the FAFSA. 
  • Every student and parent must have an FSA ID. If parents filed their taxes separately, each parent will need their own FSA ID to enter information and sign the FAFSA. 
  • Everyone who enters their information on the FAFSA must give the U.S. Department of Education consent to access their federal income tax information from the IRS, even if they did not file a tax return.
  • Family size will come from the number of exemptions reported on the federal tax return used to complete the FAFSA. 
  • The result of completing the FAFSA and entering income and asset information has long been known as the Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. It will now be called the Student Aid Index, or SAI. 
  • The number of household dependents attending college will no longer affect the income/asset calculation. 
  • Families may now be required to show the value of their small business and/or farm on the FAFSA.
  • Males between 18-25 years of age will no longer be required to be registered with Selective Service to receive federal financial aid.
  • Residents of Pennsylvania must have met PA State Grant eligibility requirements and must complete the FAFSA by May 1 each year to be considered for the PA State Grant. See for more information.
What is Not Changing
  • for federal aid consideration. It is available to U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
  • Questions introduced in 2023-24 about the applicant's sex, race, and ethnicity remain only for statistical purposes. They have no effect on federal student aid eligibility.
  • to determine if your parents must provide their information remain the same.
  • . Families that had significant reduction in income due to extenuating circumstances can still contact the Office of Student Financial Services at sfs@alvernia.edu to talk about options.
  • Students with unusual circumstances or students who may not be able to provide parental information can still request special circumstances review and contact sfs@alvernia.edu for additional information and support.
  • Federal Education Loans requirements remain the same.
  • Federal Aid Rights & Responsibilities didn't change.
  • Academic Requirements for Federal Aid are required to maintain eligibility.
Helpful Links and Presentations
Helpful Articles
Student Aid Index Estimator
Financial Aid Timeline

The key to financing your education is to plan early and keep your options open. The more you know about how financial aid works, the better prepared you will be to pay for college programs. The following timeline will help prospective undergraduate families. If there are any questions, contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 610-796-8201 or sfs@alvernia.edu. Documents may be faxed to 610-796-8336.
 

August to October

  • Apply to 新澳门六合彩开奖结果 via or (be sure to list Alvernia as one of your schools).
  • Schedule an individual visit to campus or join us for one of many Admissions Visit Events.
  • Take or .
  • All contributors to the FAFSA should sign up for an FSA ID. FSA ID鈥檚 are linked to your Social Security number and may take from 1-3 days to validate. It鈥檚 best to before filling out the FAFSA.
     

October to May

  • . For the 2024-25 academic year, the FAFSA will be available starting Dec. 31, 2023; for the 2025-26 academic year and going forward, the FAFSA should be available on Oct. 1st. To do this you will refer to your prior-prior year鈥檚 Federal Tax Return. Be sure to write down your personal FSA ID for future logins to your account.
  • PA State Residents: Be sure to complete your FAFSA by May 1st to be considered for the PA State Grant. Residents of states other than PA: and if .
  • Apply for scholarships. Confirmed students may use their Alvernia logins to use the Scholarship Universe search tool.
  • Confirm your 新澳门六合彩开奖结果 enrollment by sending your confirmation form and deposit to the Admissions Office.
     

June to July

Updated FAFSA Terminology
Previous TerminologyNew Terminology
EFC (Expected Family Contribution)SAI (Student Aid Index)
FSA IDStudentaid.gov Account
Parent(s); Parent Spouse; Applicant SpouseContributors
IDR (Income Data Retrieval) & FAFSA SignatureFTI (Federal Tax Information) and Consent
Room & BoardHousing & Food
Student Aid Report (SAR)FAFSA Submission Summary


 

Students walk through Alvernia's campus.
Federal Student Aid FAQs
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form gives you access to the largest source of financial aid: federal student aid. Check out this playlist to find answers to common questions to help you get ready for the 2024鈥25 FAFSA form. For more answers about the FAFSA process, visit StudentAid.gov.

 

First-Time Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to 新澳门六合彩开奖结果! Understanding financial aid and the process is an important part of attending college. 100% of 新澳门六合彩开奖结果 students receive some form of financial aid, and it all starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA has been around since the Higher Education Act of 1965, but over the last two years it has undergone major changes. Since you鈥檙e new to the FAFSA, the following FAQs should help you to familiarize yourself with the process and get you started. Feel free to contact our office or your Admissions Counselor with any other questions. We are here to help!

 

FAFSA Checklist

Have These Documents On Hand

Having the following information and forms on hand will help you fill out the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number (can be found on Social Security card)
  • Your driver鈥檚 license (if any)
  • W-2 Forms from two years prior and other records of any money earned
  • Your (and/or your parents鈥) Federal Income Tax Return from two years prior 鈥 IRS Form 1040, foreign tax return, or tax return from Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia
  • Any untaxed income records for two years prior 鈥 e.g., payments to tax deferred pension and savings plans, tax exempt interest and child support received two years prior
  • Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs
  • Records of any grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid that was included in your or your parents鈥 adjusted gross income (AGI)
  • Any current bank statements
  • Any current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bonds and other investment records
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen, if applicable
     

Source: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators    

FSA ID/StudentAid.Gov Account

What is a StudentAid.Gov Account, previously called Federal Student Account Identification (FSA ID)?

When creating a StudentAid.Gov Account, the username and password will be used by students and contributors to access federal student aid websites. If you already created a Federal Student Aid Identification Account (FSA ID) previously, you are good to go! It will be just a change of name.
 

Who needs a StudentAid.gov account, and what is it used for?

All students and contributors must create an account if they are:

  • Filling out the鈥疐ree Application for Federal Student Aid鈥(FAFSA庐) form
  • Signing your鈥疢aster Promissory Note鈥(MPN) 
  • Applying for repayment plans 
  • Completing loan counseling 
  • Using the鈥疨ublic Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool 


How do I create an account?

To create an account, go to and click "Get Started." You will need to provide:

  • Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number
  • You will also need to create a memorable username and password and complete challenge questions and answers to retrieve your account information if you forget it.


When should I create an account?

You can create an account at studentaid.gov at any time, but it is recommended that you create it at least a week or two before you start filling out the FAFSA form. This will give you time to verify your account and make sure that it is working properly. New ID鈥檚 typically take up to 3 business days to verify.
 

What if I need help creating an FSA ID?

can help with detailed information.  .


My parent or spouse doesn't have a Social Security Number (SSN). Would they still be a contributor to my FAFSA?

Yes, starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA, your parent or spouse will also be required to create a StudentAid.gov account and verify it. To create a StudentAid.gov account, they can choose the option that allows them to create it without an SSN, and follow instructions.


What is two-step verification and why do I have to set it up for my StudentAid.gov account?

Two-step verification is a security feature that helps protect your StudentAid.gov account from fraud. When you enable two-step verification, you will be required to enter a code from your mobile phone in addition to your username and password when you log in to your account.


Does each contributor need a unique phone number or email for multi-factor authentication?

Yes. Each contributor must have a unique phone number or email for multi-factor authentication. See the FAQ below regarding 鈥楥ontributors鈥 for more information.


Do both parents need to create an account or just one like before?

This depends on the family's situation. For example, if a student has married parents filing taxes separately, both parents will need to create an account. See the FAQ below regarding 鈥楥ontributors鈥 for more information.


If Independent and married, does my spouse need to create an account or just one like before?

This depends. If a student if married and files taxes separately, the spouse would be considered a contributor and would need to create an account. See the FAQ below regarding 鈥楥ontributors鈥 for more information.


What is the impact if the student and parent already have an FSA ID? Do they need to create another StudentAid.Gov account?

None. Just ensure they are verified and ready to use when the FAFSA 2024-25. Please note FSA ID鈥檚 expire if unused. Updated or new FSA ID鈥檚 take up to 3 business days to verify.

 

FAQs

What is the best way to contact you?

You can send us an email or give us a call at 610-796-8201. During the semester, our office is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the winter and summer breaks, our office is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Do I have to be accepted to Alvernia before I apply for financial aid?

No. You may apply before you are accepted, but you will not receive a financial aid package until you are accepted.

What are my next steps?
  • Even though the FAFSA will not be available until December 2023, you can make sure you and your FAFSA contributors 鈥 parents(s), spouses 鈥 have a validated FSA/studentaid.gov ID updated. Visit to log in or create a new account. Validation may take up to 3 business days.
  • Make sure you and your contributors (parent(s), spouse) have your 2022 federal taxes filed. If you need information about filling your taxes, page on the IRS website.
  • Attend your high school鈥檚 financial aid night. Contact your high school guidance office for the next financial aid info session and sign up.
  • See the Helpful Links section under Resources above to learn more about Wyatt, the digital FAFSA advisor, and see the Helpful Articles section for additional information.
Does Alvernia have merit scholarships without regard to need?

Yes, merit scholarships are available to undergraduate day students. The list of grants and scholarships that are available can be found on our Scholarships and Awards page.

If I'm going to attend part time, what programs am I eligible for?

Several. These programs include Pennsylvania State Grant, Pell Grant and loan programs.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Bookmark our Applying for Financial Aid page for useful information as it will be updated over the next few months.

Do I have to apply for aid every year?

Yes. You must reapply each year if you wish to receive federal, state or institutional need-based financial aid.

Must I pay all at once?

No, however you may pay each semester balance in full, however we cannot take payments for a full award year. Alvernia bills students one semester at a time and you are welcome to use our installment payment plan. For more information on our payment plan, contact the Student Financial Services Office for more information about the payment plan options.

My parents/I don't want to bother filling out the FAFSA because they/I don't think we'll be eligible for anything. Should we skip it?

No, for a number of reasons: eligibility rules are updated each year; Alvernia requires the form for certain institutional aid funds and if you want to work on campus; you just never know what you qualify for, many outside scholarship opportunities will require information from the FAFSA form.

What are my next steps in the admissions process?

Please visit our Admitted Students page to contact your Admissions Counselor. We will be in touch shortly!

I hear the FAFSA is changing, what does that mean?

Please see the FAQs in the Returning Students section below for more information on the updates to the FAFSA. Bookmark this page for useful information as it will be updated over the next few months. Also visit for more information.

 

Returning Students

Welcome back to 新澳门六合彩开奖结果! We are happy to see you this year and wanted to help remind you of the changes you鈥檒l see with the upcoming FAFSA. You are used to filling out the FAFSA starting Oct. 1st, but the changes being made as of the 2024-2025 academic year has pushed this year鈥檚 FAFSA debut to December 2023. The Department of Education has not yet published a date for the FAFSA. Please stay tuned to for updates.
 

FAFSA Checklist

Have These Documents On Hand

Having the following information and forms on hand will help you fill out the FAFSA:

  • Your Social Security Number (can be found on Social Security card)
  • Your driver鈥檚 license (if any)
  • W-2 Forms from two years prior and other records of any money earned
  • Your (and/or your parents鈥) Federal Income Tax Return from two years prior 鈥 IRS Form 1040, foreign tax return, or tax return from Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated State of Micronesia
  • Any untaxed income records for two years prior 鈥 e.g., payments to tax deferred pension and savings plans, tax exempt interest and child support received two years prior
  • Records of taxable earnings from Federal Work-Study or other need-based work programs
  • Records of any grants, scholarships, and fellowship aid that was included in your or your parents鈥 adjusted gross income (AGI)
  • Any current bank statements
  • Any current business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, stock, bonds and other investment records
  • Documentation that you are a U.S. permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen, if applicable
     

Source: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators    

FSA ID/Studentaid.gov Account

Even though the FAFSA is not yet available for the 2024-2025 academic year, you and your contributor (parent(s) or spouse) can create or check on the status of your FSA ID/studentaid.gov account. IDs are linked to your Social Security number and may take from one to three days to validate. It鈥檚 best to have your FSA ID/studentaid.gov account validated before filling out the FAFSA. Please note the following reasons why you need to check the status of your ID:

  • Your phone number has changed
  • Your email has changed
  • You haven鈥檛 used it in 90 days or more
  • New/updated FSA ID/studentaid.gov IDs may take up to 3 days to validate

 

FAQs

What is FAFSA simplification?

FAFSA simplification changes include the first major redesign of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process in over 40 years, along with updates to the backend systems that process and store federal student aid application data. The goal is to make applying for federal student aid easier for students. FAFSA simplification implements provisions of the amended Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act and the FAFSA Simplification Act.

What is the Better FAFSA Better Future campaign?

The Better FAFSA Better Future campaign will communicate FAFSA simplification changes and provide information and resources to aid in the adaptation of these changes.

What are the benefits of FAFSA simplification?

The benefits of FAFSA simplification include:
鈥 a more streamlined application process
鈥 expanded eligibility for federal student aid
鈥 reduced barriers for certain student populations (e.g., homeless and unaccompanied youth, incarcerated students, English language learners, and students from low-income backgrounds)
鈥 a better user experience for the FAFSA form

What major changes will FAFSA simplification introduce?

Significant changes to the application process include changes to the FAFSA form, how students and families complete the application, and the eligibility calculation.

  • The FAFSA form will be updated and streamlined to improve access.
  • The FAFSA form will be expanded to the 11 most common languages spoken by English learner students and their parents. Language-specific resources and support will also be available from FSA Information Center.
  • The form will be consumer-tested with prospective first-generation students and families, as well as students and families from low-income backgrounds.
  • The form will include new demographic questions about an applicant鈥檚 gender and race/ethnicity.
  • Foster, homeless, and unaccompanied youth 鈥 as well as applicants who cannot provide parental information 鈥 will be able to complete the form with a provisional independent student determination and receive a calculated Student Aid Index (SAI). Students who have their independent student status approved by a financial aid administrator will also be eligible for a renewal of their dependency status in subsequent years if their circumstances remain unchanged.
  • Rather than importing their tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, applicants will consent to providing their Federal Tax Information (FTI) via a direct data share with the IRS. This enhanced data sharing simplifies the applicant鈥檚 experience.
  • Eligibility for federal student aid will be expanded in the following ways:
    • Selective Service and drug conviction questions will be eliminated to reduce applicant barriers.
    • New methodology will be introduced to calculate and determine applicant eligibility. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be replaced with the Student Aid Index (SAI).
    • The new need-analysis formula allows for a negative SAI calculation and implements separate eligibility criteria for Federal Pell Grants.
    • Federal Pell Grant access will be expanded and linked to family size and federal poverty levels, which will allow more students and families from
      low-income backgrounds to qualify.
    • Federal Pell Grant access will be restored to incarcerated students under specific rules and programs.
When will FAFSA simplification be implemented?

FAFSA simplification will be implemented in phases. and full implementation of major provisions will occur during the 2024鈥2025 Award Year.

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Alvernia's Office of Student Financial Services helps students and their families seek, obtain and make the best use of all financial resources available to them.