EL PASO, TX (KVIA) -- Students and parents can expect significant changes in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As a result of the major changes, the 2024-2025 FAFSA application won't open until December.
The first major change is the simplification of the FAFSA application. The 108-question form has now been trimmed down to just 36 questions. This is designed to encourage more students to apply, making the application process faster and easier.
Another significant change, families with more than one child in college will no longer receive additional financial aid benefits. However, students living with a single parent or those who are parents themselves may find greater eligibility for federal or state grants.
Jennifer Finetti, Director of Student Advocacy at ScholarshipOwl, highlights that FAFSA applications extend beyond federal and state grants, "Many universities require students to submit the FAFSA to be considered for university scholarships. So, as a minimum entry point, it's crucial to submit the FAFSA to determine eligibility not only for federal and state grants but also for potential scholarships from the universities you plan to attend."
To minimize reliance on loans and reduce the financial burden of college, Finetti encourages students to actively seek scholarships and job opportunities. Students can to ScholarshipOwl and apply for scholarships year round.