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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

new Better FAFSA Information

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The FAFSA Simplification Act, also known as the Better FAFSA will be available in December 2024. The resources below support the Better FAFSA application process, along with the other up-to-date resources on this webpage. 

Changes that are coming to the FAFSA are a more streamlined application process, expanded eligibility for federal student aid, and a new user experience for the FAFSA form.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a federal program through the US Department of Education used to apply for financial aid for college or career/technical school. Federal student aid includes grants, student loans, and work study. The data from the FAFSA application is used by post-secondary schools to determine federal aid eligibility. The FAFSA may also be required to determine eligibility and awards for state or school aid and various scholarship opportunities.

Promoting FAFSA Filing

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Promoting FAFSA completion is a vital step to students' attainment of their post-secondary training goals. Providing all students with information about the why and the how of FAFSA completion ensures universal and equitable access to post-secondary training.


FAFSA Filing Support

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Using a tiered approach provides appropriate levels of FAFSA support, Tier I includes FAFSA campaigns, financial aid events, advisory/homeroom periods, classroom lessons, and resource sharing. Tier II includes offering mini-workshops or setting up office hours. Tier III includes meetings with students who are stuck or have unusual circumstances, and referring out.


FAFSA Application Deadlines

FAFSA Student Assistance

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Federal Student Aid FAFSA Filing website

Federal Student Aid Information Center - The FSAIC has live chat, hotline, and email to help answer FAFSA questions.

Federal Student Aid Homepage

Fair Opportunity Project (FOP) provides services for students, including FAFSA application assistance, mentoring, and college essay support.

FSA ID Cheat Sheet

Understanding FAFSA and Financial Aid – Center for New York City Affairs

FAFSA Data Sharing Agreements

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The US Department of Education gives states limited access to student level FAFSA application status data which allows school counselors and homeless liaisons to support students with filing the FAFSA. Data sharing agreements filed with DPI are required for districts to access this data.

FAFSA Supports for Unique Situations

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Some students have unique challenges when applying for financial aid and completing the FAFSA. Supporting students and providing resources available to assist students overcome these challenges in navigating the financial aid process will increase access to postsecondary pathways.
For questions about this information, contact (608) 266-8960