2024-2025 FAFSA

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is here!

The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has undergone significant changes in an effort to better serve students and families. However, Student Financial Services is aware that there are issues with the application. For a comprehensive list and possible workarounds, please see the FAFSA Alerts page. Refer to the US Dept of Education's tips for filing the 2024-2025 FAFSA to prepare for submitting your FAFSA.

Please report any issues you encountered through our 2024-2025 FAFSA Issues form.

Common FAFSA-Related Questions

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 contribute to 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.

If both parents provided an exactly equal amount of financial support during the past 12 months, or if they don’t support the student financially, answer the questions about the parent with the greater income and assets. If this parent is remarried as of today, answer the questions about that parent and the stepparent.

If the parents are divorced or separated, live separately, and file taxes separately, then only the parent providing the majority of support to the student should contribute to the FAFSA. 

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.

Will my FAFSA information be automatically transferred to PHEAA for my PA State Grant application?

No. Once students submit their FAFSA, they will immediately be presented with a link to access their PA State Grant application. They will need to complete the application, as the information will not be shared from the FAFSA.

Changes to the tax data transfer process have limited what information can be shared. The Dept of Education is no longer able to share tax data between federal and state applications.

How will I know if my 2024-2025 FAFSA was successfully submitted?

You, the student, will receive an email confirmation noting the submission date, your SAI, and estimated Pell Grant eligibility (if applicable). You will then receive a FAFSA Submissions Summary once the application has been processed. Additional email notifications will be sent once the information has been sent to your chosen school. This is expected to occur in sometime in March.

I am receiving an error when I enter my parent's information to send the contributor invite.

This happens when the parent's information on their Studentaid.gov account does not match what is being entered. The parent contributor must have an FSA ID. If your parent does not have one, please have them create it.

Your parent can log into studentaid.gov, then click on their name in the upper right-hand corner, then select "Settings." The name, date of birth, and social security Number are saved under "Personal Information." Any changes to the name or date of birth can be made here. This information is matched against the Social Security Administration, so once the Social Security Number is confirmed, it cannot be changed.

Confirm the informaiton matches the invite. Check for spaces before and after names, confirm spelling, and make any necessary corrections to the invite.

Additional Resources

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

  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA: What to Expect (SFS webinar from January 17th, 2024 - with updated content based on experiences with the live FAFSA)
  • The Department of Education maintains a YouTube account with many useful videos to assist with the filing process.
  • The Department of Education has made resources available in Spanish for completing the FAFSA. Please the video below and the accompanying PowerPoint presentation.