Professionals! Waiting to get a look at the all-new FAFSA?
Federal Student Aid’s first big reveal of this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid is scheduled for Thursday, August 17th from 1-2:30 p.m. EST.
Federal Student Aid, the government agency which administers and overhauled the FAFSA, is offering a demo of the new FAFSA ahead of its official rollout in December. We expect this to be an extremely popular event.
In the demo, you will learn about the completely revamped FAFSA featuring new “roles” that family members play, a new question order, and a much shorter financial reporting section – offset, oddly, with a much longer set of research-oriented demographic questions.
Also crucial to understand is that families will need to provide “consent” to share their tax information if they want to receive federal student aid. There is a helpful new “parent wizard” that guides students on which parent (or parents) must fill out the FAFSA with them. There is also a much improved “FAFSA Submission Summary” that replaces the Student Aid Report.
FAFSA Demo Webinar
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, 1–2:30 p.m. EST
Link to Join:
Microsoft Teams Link for 2024–25 FAFSA® Demonstration Webinar Aug. 17, 2023
Sign Up for Training at Federal Student Aid
Can’t join the live event? No problem. Create an account with FSA’s Training Center to get free access to the webinar and a wealth of other information FSA has been publishing on the new form and the FAFSA Simplification Act.
Once you have login credentials, start the FSA’s FAFSA Simplification Training Module to get access to this webinar as well as past videos, transcripts, and other training information.
Already Using the FSA Training Center? Helpful Links
NOTE: You will need to be logged into the FSA Training Center for some of these links to work.
- FSA Upcoming Webinars: This page provides the link and details for the August 17 2024–25 FAFSA® Demonstration as well as information on future webinars.
- 2024–25 FAFSA Form Preview Presentation: Download a PDF or PPT of the presentation to look over the form and screenshots in advance. (Fair warning, the document is 246 pages.)
- Past Webinars and Training Videos: FSA hosted ten webinars on various topics associated with the new FAFSA over the summer. Scan the list to see which topics would be most interesting to you.
- FAFSA Simplification Act Changes for Implementation in 2024-25: For the uninitiated, this is the latest in a series of comprehensive “Dear Colleague” letters, federal documents explaining how exactly the new FAFSA will work. This letter, published on August 4th, brings readers up to date thus far on the changes coming to the new FAFSA.
- Get Notified: Most of the information to date has been designed for professionals, but Federal Student Aid will begin releasing and promoting information for families soon. Be sure to sign up for FSA emails to see this material as soon as it’s available.
What Should Students and Families Know Now?
Families should know that the FAFSA will be delayed until December this year and that there are important changes in the works. Get highlights with our two articles below.
Kim Nauer is the founder of UnderstandingFAFSA.org and a higher education expert at The New School. Her latest questions: How does anyone read a financial aid letter? And will this all-new FAFSA in the fall really be simpler?