2024-2025 FAFSA

Big Changes are Coming to the 2024-2025 FAFSA!

The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has undergone significant changes in an effort to better serve students and families. 

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is expected to open by December 31st. Once available, Student Financial Services will host FAFSA filing walk-in days from 9 am to 3 pm on these dates:

  • January 10
  • January 17
  • January 24
  • January 31

Temple's priority filing date is February 1, so we recommend that you take advantage of the walk-in days if you need assistance with filing.

When is the 2024-2025 FAFSA available?

The 2024-2025 FAFSA will become available in late December 2023, most likely by the 31st. The US Department of Education is expected to make the FAFSAs available to colleges and universities by the end of January.

How is the 2024-2025 FAFSA changing?

Some of the changes to the FAFSA include:

  • a streamlined form intended to reduce the amount of questions you have to answer and how long it takes you to complete the application. 
  • the use of consent for the US Department of Education to import your (or your spouse's or parents') tax information instead of you having to manual import it.
  • the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is being replaced by the Student Aid Index (SAI) for a clearer explanation of your financial aid eligibility.
What should I do now to get ready for when the FAFSA becomes available?

Some of the steps you can take now to ensure a smooth filing experience are:

  • Make sure your contact information is up to date with the US Department of Education. Log into your studentaid.gov with your FSA ID to make sure the correct email is on your account.
    • Now is a great time to make sure you know your ID and password!
  • Follow Federal Student Aid on their social media:
Do I need a new FSA ID for the 2024-2025 FAFSA?

No, you should use the FSA ID you created previously. If you have any difficulty remembering or accessing that ID, please see the studentaid.gov website to retrieve your ID or reset your password.

Who is considered the "Parent" on the 2024-2025 FAFSA?

The 'parent' that should be included on the FAFSA is the parent(s) who provided the majority of the student's support over the 12 months prior to filing the FAFSA, even if the student does not live with that parent.

Can a parent file both the student section and the parent section of the FAFSA?

The 2024-25 FAFSA is now role-based and requires a student and/or parent complete their own sections using their own unique FSA IDs. The student should complete their section, then invite their parent as a contributor.

How does the Student Aid Index (SAI) compare to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The Student Aid Index (SAI) is a replacement for Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and is a calculation of the amount of need-based financial aid a student is eligible to receive. SAI is simply a rebranding of EFC in an effort to more accurately reflect what the figure represents, which is the amount of financial aid a student is eligible to receive. In the past, EFC created confusion and led students to believe it was a calculation of what they were expected to pay.

Additional Resources

Upcoming Webinars

PHEAA also presents a regular series of webinars on a wide-range of financial aid topics. The full list is available on PHEAA's website.

Currently Available Resources