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Completing the FAFSA? Here's What is Changing

  • To apply for federal and institutional need-based student aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.  When you fill out the FAFSA, colleges take your information and figure out if you qualify for loans, work study, and grants. 
  • Colleges will not have access to FAFSA applications until mid-March.

2024-2025 FAFSA is Now Available

The Department of Education has implemented a soft launch for the 2024-2025 FAFSA, which means it will be available intermittently. As a result of significant processing delays, after your FAFSA has been submitted, you will be unable to make changes until March. Schools will also not have information about FAFSA submissions or financial aid until March. Once FAFSA data is released to us, we are committed to share financial aid information with families as soon as possible.


How do I get started?

  • Students and at least one parent can create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) account, which will be used to complete the FAFSA. 
  • In some cases, both parents will need to create an FSA ID.
    • For example, if a student’s parents are married but filed separate federal 2022 tax returns, both will need to create an account.
  • Watch the following Federal Student Aid video for instructions on how to create an FSA ID.
  • All FSA IDs should be created and fully verified prior to starting the 24-25 FAFSA. 
  • It is recommended that the student logs in with their FSA ID first and starts the FAFSA form as a student. 

Resource: Pro Tips for the 2024-25 FAFSA Form

What is Changing?

The maximum number of questions on the FAFSA will be reduced from 108 to 46. Because the FAFSA on the web is a dynamic form, some students will be presented with even less questions. 

Beginning with the 2024-25 aid year, anyone whose information is required on the FAFSA must use the IRS Direct Data Exchange to share tax information or confirm non-filing status. 

Financial information will be required for the parent(s) who provided the most financial support for the 2024-25 application.

In previous years for dependent students, the custodial parent required on the FAFSA was the parent the student lived with most during the 12 months prior to the FAFSA submission. 

A contributor refers to anyone who is required to provide information on a student’s application, including but not limited to: parent, step parent, or spouse. A student’s or parent’s answers on the FAFSA will determine which contributors (if any) will be required. 

Contributors will receive an email informing them they need to log in using their own Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to provide the required information on the FAFSA.

Students will see a different measure of their ability to pay for college and will experience a change in the methodology used to determine aid in the 2024-25 award year. 

The 2024-25 FAFSA will ask how many household members are in college, but the answer will not be factored into the Student Aid Index (SAI). Students with siblings in college may therefore see a change in their federal aid eligibility. 

Please note: Marist will continue to consider the number of students in college for traditional undergraduates when determining eligibility for institutional grants. Eligible students must complete the FAFSA by our priority filing deadline, which is March 15 for returning students.

Families must now report the net market value of their small business or family farm. These values were previously excluded for small family-owned businesses and farms with less than 100 employees. 

Pell Grant eligibility will link to family size and federal poverty level. Students will receieve a maximum Federal Pell Grant if families make less than 175 percent and single parents make less than 225 percent of the federal poverty level.


Marist is dedicated to providing timely updates to students and their families. We will continue to update this page as we receive more information from the Department of Education and Federal Student Aid, and appreciate your patience as we work to implement the changes brought by the FAFSA Simplification Act.  If you have questions, please use The Office of Student Financial Services as a resource. Give us a call (845) 575-3230.