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    FAFSA Changes — Including a One-time Deadline Shift

    There is a one-time change to the FAFSA priority deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year. The 2024-2025 priority deadline is April 2.

    While we all work to digest the many changes to the FAFSA, we wanted to share the key changes as identified by the California State University:  

    • Everyone who wants to put information into an online FAFSA will need a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to access the form.
    • Everyone using their FSA ID to log in to the 2024-2025 FAFSA will encounter a multifactor authentication process.
    • The Student Aid Index (SAI) will no longer be divided by the number of students in college.
    • Household size is now called family size — and is determined by the number of exemptions claimed on federal tax returns.
    • Students will now be able to list up to 20 colleges on the FAFSA.
    • Each person/role on the FAFSA will only be able to view questions related to their role.
    • Families with an adjusted gross income of more than $60,000, or those who filed certain schedules, will be required to submit assets.
    • The new SAI formula may result in a student receiving a negative SAI, down to -1,500.
    • Pell Grant eligibility will continue to be calculated based on the SAI but will also be calculated using federal poverty tables, family makeup, size and income.
    • When a student begins the FAFSA, they will be asked to identify the parent(s) or spouse who will contribute financial information on the form.

    Your FAFSA application you complete now will be for the next school year (Seniors will be completing this year's application for the 2023-24 school year).

    Here are some helpful tips:

    • FAFSA Window Opens: December 2023 (exact date TBA)
    • FAFSA should be submitted by May 2nd, 2024
    • Undocumented students will not complete the FAFSA and will complete the CADAA instead.
    • Nearly all schools in the USA require the FAFSA/CADAA to apply (e.g. community colleges, trade schools, private schools, out-of-state schools)
    • The first to apply are more likely to qualify for aid!
    • Colleges use this data to determine your federal aid and CalGrant eligibility (free money opportunity!)
    • Many states and colleges use FAFSA/CADAA data to award their own campus aid too!
    • Students planning to attend community college and plan on receiving the FREE TUITION "Promise Program" must complete the FAFSA/CADAA: Sierra College


    Let's Get Started!

    Step 1: FAFSA Overview

    Step 2: Create an FSA ID

    Step 3: FAFSA Application

    Step 4: What Happens Next?


    Not planning on going to college?

    We strongly encourage ALL of our high school seniors to complete the FAFSA/CADAA. It costs nothing to apply. Once you discover you may be eligible for grants or federal aid, you may find that attending college may be right for you. A large majority of students who do not plan on attending college later change their minds at the last minute and after the FAFSA window has closed. We want everyone to have all of the opportunities possible and to complete it sooner than later, this improves your chances of  qualifying for an award ($$). Stop by the Career Center for computer access and in-person assistance.