2024-25 FAFSA Simplification

An easier FAFSA is coming in 2024-25 — read on to see what the changes will bring

Due to the tremendous change with FAFSA Simplification, the Department of Education will open the 2024-25 FAFSA in December 2023 instead of October 2023. At this time CMC does not have an exact date.

CMC's understanding is that the CASFA will also be delayed and open in December 2023.

The FAFSA Simplification Act represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024–25 award year. These changes should make completing your FAFSA easier and expand access to Federal Aid.

Are you curious what your aid offer may look like in 2024-25? Use the Department of Educations Federal Student Aid Estimator to see!

What is changing?

What is staying the same?

  • Questions about the student's sex, race, and ethnicity are not communicated with the colleges that you list on your FAFSA. These have no effect on your eligibility.
  • You will still use Prior-Prior tax information. So for the 2024-25 FAFSA you will use 2022 tax information.
  • Direct Loan amounts and eligibility will still stay the same as in prior years.
  • The priority deadlines for completing your FAFSA, and scholarship application will stay the same. This deadline is March 31st.
  • You will still need to complete your FAFSA once per year.
  • The Dependency questions that determine if you are  Independent or Dependent will remain the same.
  • The information you see above is relevant to both Independent and Dependent students.