FAFSA Simplification Is Coming!

Release of 2024-2025 “Better FAFSA” delayed until December 2023

The 2024-2025 FAFSA, being referred to as “Better FAFSA, Better Future” by Federal Student Aid (FSA), is being completely revised and simplified. Due to the significant overhaul to the FAFSA form and process, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will be delayed. Normally the FAFSA would have been available on October 1, 2023, but just for the upcoming year, the FAFSA will be released in December of 2023. FSA has not yet provided the exact date in December. There will be fewer questions on the new “Better FAFSA,” it will be easier to complete, and more security has been built into the redesigned process, specifically related to the creation and use of Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs.

FAME will be providing information, events, and resources this fall to help students and families create their FSA IDs and learn what to expect with the new “Better FAFSA.”

Recorded Presentations

Help Your Students Get Ready to File the 2024-2025 FAFSA

Wednesday Webinar | September 2023

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is being overhauled and is delayed until December. The new Better FAFSA, as it’s being referred to by Federal Student Aid (FSA), will result in a revised process that requires everyone accessing the FAFSA to have a verified FSA ID (username and password) prior to filing the FAFSA. During this webinar, we discuss the new process, share steps students and families need to take to be ready to file, and explain some new terminology and concepts. Join us to learn more about the new Better FAFSA!

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FAFSA Fridays: A FAFSA Simplification Training Series for Education Professionals

September 2023

September’s training is the first in a series of monthly FAFSA Simplification trainings. This session provides an overview of the changes that are coming as a result of the new Better FAFSA. We focus on what students and families need to do now to get prepared to file the FAFSA once it’s released in December. Future monthly trainings will include a deeper dive into the FAFSA process, including formula changes and their impacts.

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FAFSA Fridays: Upcoming Trainings

Join us each month as we tackle different aspects of FAFSA Simplification, with a special focus on the information students and parents need to know so they’re prepared to file in December.

Summer Financial Aid Training for Education Professionals

FAFSA Simplification: What, Why, and When

Summer Training 2023

What is FAFSA simplification, why is it happening, and when will the changes take place? This presentation answers these questions and provides a brief overview of the changes coming with the 2024-2025 “Better FAFSA,” particularly those that students, families, and those who work with them need to know about now.

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FAFSA Simplification: Out with the Old, In with the New

Summer Training 2023

In this presentation, you’ll learn about the new terminology introduced with the 2024-25 “Better FAFSA” and take a deeper dive into the impact of new processes, including the steps that students and parents need to take before the FAFSA can be filed.

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FAFSA Simplification: Pell, Parents, and Pathways

Summer Training 2023

In this presentation, we discuss three important changes coming with the 2024-2025 “Better FAFSA” — the expansion and increased transparency of Pell Grant eligibility, changes to the definition of parents and family size, and the easier-to-navigate pathways for students with challenging circumstances.

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Ten Important Changes Coming with the 2024-2025 FAFSA

Wondering what some of the most significant changes will be related to the 2024-2025 FAFSA? We’ve put together an information sheet detailing ten of the many important changes coming with the new “Better FAFSA.”

FAFSA Simplification: Glossary

Learn the lingo of Better FAFSA! Check out our FAFSA Simplification glossary to find the new names for old, familiar terms as well as definitions for new terms being introduced with the 2024-2025 FAFSA.

FAFSA Simplification: Case Studies

Get a sense of the new process coming with the “Better FAFSA” through these nine sample scenarios.