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    FAFSA Simplification (2024-2025)

    Big changes are coming to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming 2024-2025 aid year! The Office of Student Financial Aid and Student Financial Success wants to help ensure that you and your family have a full understanding of these changes and what you can do to prepare for completion of the 2024-25 FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is filed each year by students to qualify for institutional and federal financial aid. It is important to remember to file the FAFSA by the annual priority deadline in order to be considered for priority financial aid.

Completing the FAFSA for the first time can be confusing, so we’ve compiled a set of instructions to make the process easier.

Learn how the FAFSA determines dependency of a student, and how students should classify themselves.

Learn about making corrections to the FAFSA application.

Before a FAFSA can be submitted, it must be signed by the student, and, in many cases, a parent. In addition to a paper signature, a FAFSA may also be signed using an electronic Department of Education Studentaid.gov account.

After the FAFSA has been processed, a Student Aid Report will be sent to both the student and the schools specified in the FAFSA.

In accordance with federal regulations (CFR Title 34, Part 668), Iowa State University must complete a process called verification by collecting documentation from a select number of students regarding the information reported on their FAFSA.

The US Department of Education offers a detailed online resource in English and Spanish to aid students with completing the FAFSA.