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2024-2025 FAFSA

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now open. For more information, visit https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/fafsa-support

The federal government will not send FAFSA information to schools until mid-March. You will receive an email from UVU once we receive your application. 

You can expect your financial aid offer by early June. Come back here often for updated information.

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What's Changed?

There have been some major changes to the FAFSA form that are designed to give you a more user-friendly experience. 

Fewer Questions

The total number of questions has been reduced from 108 to 46. The application is also dynamic, so you may not be presented with all 46 questions. This is meant to make the application easier for you and your family to complete. 

EFC to SAI

The Student Aid Index (SAI) will replace the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Previously, the EFC was used to calculate the estimated amount a family could afford to contribute to a student's education. It was commonly misunderstood that the EFC was the amount of money required for the family to contribute to a student's education before the student could receive federal financial aid. The change to the SAI more accurately describes it as an index number used to determine federal aid eligibility, based on the information reported on your FAFSA.

Pell Grant Eligibility

Good news: Federal Pell Grant eligibility has expanded to more students.

Although your SAI may contribute to the formula to determine your Pell Grant eligibility, it’s not the only determining factor. Other information, like family size and federal poverty guidelines, will also be used to determine whether you qualify for a Pell Grant.

Even if you don’t qualify for the maximum Pell Grant award, you may still be eligible for a Pell Grant based on other information you provide on your FAFSA form.

Contributors to the FAFSA

“Contributor” is a new term on the 2024–25 FAFSA form. It refers to anyone (you, your spouse, your biological or adoptive parent, or your parent’s spouse) who’s asked to provide their information, consent and approval to have their federal tax information transferred automatically from the IRS into the FAFSA form, and signature on your FAFSA form.

Wondering how you’ll know if you need to add contributors to your FAFSA form? Don’t worry—the online FAFSA form will tell you who needs to be a contributor based on your answers to certain questions.

You’ll also answer questions about your personal circumstances to determine whether you’re a dependent or independent student. If you’re considered a dependent student, your parent will be identified as a contributor. And if your parent is married (and not separated) but didn’t file taxes jointly, their spouse will also be a contributor. To determine which parent is a contributor when you fill out your FAFSA, take a look at this:

  Parent Contributor infographic 

Provisionally Independent Status

If you report on the FAFSA that you are unaccompanied and homeless, self-supporting and at risk of being homeless, or unable to provide parent information on the FAFSA, you will receive a provisionally independent status and an SAI. You will need to provide supporting documentation of your circumstance to the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. 

If your documentation is not sufficient to show that you’re independent, you will be considered dependent and will need to submit your parent information on the FAFSA.

Parents without Social Security Numbers (SSN)

In the past, parents without a SSN could not create an FSA ID and instead had to sign and mail in a paper FAFSA. Now, contributors who do not have an SSN can create a StudentAid.gov account to sign and submit their information on your FAFSA electronically.

 

 

 

Additional Information

  • Previously, the FAFSA allowed students and parents to elect to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to request to have their tax data uploaded from the IRS. Now, all contributors who file taxes will consent to have their tax information transferred directly from the IRS. This should result in an easier and smoother process for your tax information to be uploaded to your FAFSA.
  • In some cases, you may not be able to have your tax information transferred to your FAFSA using the Direct Data Exchange (DDX). In those cases, you would need to manually enter your information into the FAFSA.
  • To be considered for scholarships that require a FAFSA, UVU must receive your 2024-2025 FAFSA and all outstanding requirements completed prior to March 1. We recommend completing it as soon as possible to ensure we receive your FAFSA and that you have enough time to complete any additional requirements or scholarship applications. 

What do I need to complete the FAFSA?

  • Verified account username and password at StudentAid.gov
  • Contributor(s) name, date of birth, SSN, and email address - if a contributor does not have an SSN, follow the instructions on the FAFSA 
  • Income and asset information (if required)

 
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