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There are several changes coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-2025 academic year after Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Curry College is here to provide you with the most important facts and answer all your questions in one centralized FAQ.
A: Federal Student Aid (FSA) has announced that the form will open at some point in December 2023, but no specific date has been announced. For the last several years, the FAFSA was made available to all students on October 1st. The Curry College federal code number is 002143.
A: The changes to the questions and overall user experience required a total redesign which in turn required a longer timeframe to roll it out. The form should be available once again on October 1st in future academic years. Curry will inform all students when the form officially becomes available this year via future communications.
A: The number of questions on the form has been reduced from 108 in previous years down to a maximum of 46. Because the new FAFSA will introduce “dynamic forms”, some students won’t even be presented with every single question. The new form will also allow for a much larger percentage of students and parents to have their financial information transferred from the IRS directly into the FAFSA. This new feature should make the FAFSA submission process a lot more efficient overall and reduce the number of input errors by families.
A: The FAFSA Simplification Act was enacted into law by Congress in 2021. The changes were implemented in phases over the past three years and the FAFSA Simplification changes for 2024-2025 are the final steps to making it easier for students to apply and qualify for federal student aid.