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Tips for Navigating the New FAFSA

It’s not too late to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid—not even for the school year that is just ending. The official deadline for the 2023-24 application, which uses the old form, is June 30.


As for the 2024-25 school year, you’ll need to use the new application. And while you technically have until the end of June 2025 to apply, it’s best to get cracking now if you haven’t yet filed for the upcoming year. Many colleges and states that rely on the FAFSA have early deadlines. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of receiving money from often limited pools.


New But Not Necessarily Improved

If you’ve followed the headlines, you may be daunted by the thought of tackling this year’s brand-new FAFSA. The application should have been available last October, but it wasn’t up and running until the end of December 2023—sort of. The “soft launch” (as described by the US Department of Education) hasn’t been a smooth one.


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