FAFSA

From workshops and 1-1 advising to tips and helpful resources, I Know I Can is here to help you navigate the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). 

 

If your family needs help with the FAFSA, stop by the I Know I Can office at 215 North Front Street, Suite 200 between 9am and 3pm Monday through Friday. Walk ins welcome!

 

FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid, including loans, grants, and work-study. The FAFSA may also determine your eligibility for state and school aid as well.

Need help completing yours? Check out our upcoming FAFSA workshops here!

The 2024-25 FAFSA Came With Big Changes:

  • The FAFSA form launched in December 2023 unlike previous years when it was released on October 1st.
  • Each contributor (student, parent, spouse) is required to provide information on the FAFSA and will need an FSA ID to access and complete their section of the application.
  • All contributors must provide consent to have their federal tax information transferred directly into the student’s FAFSA via direct data exchange with the IRS. To find out who is a contributor on your form, visit https://studentaid.gov/resources/is-my-parent-a-contributor-text.
  • The Expected Family Contribution (or EFC) has been replaced by a Student Aid Index (SAI) which now determines a student’s need-based federal aid eligibility.

Want to learn more about the FAFSA changes? Check out these videos.

Before You Begin the 2024-25 FAFSA

The first step to completing the 2024-2025 FAFSA is to create your FSA ID! It takes 3-5 days to process your ID before you can start on the form, so complete this step as soon as possible at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch.

Like in previous years, each contributor will need their Social Security Number*, full name, date of birth, and phone number or email address to set up their FSA ID.

*Please note: There is an alternative process for contributors who do not have an SSN.

NEED HELP?

Check this page to find out when and where I Know I Can’s workshops will be. Additionally, students are encouraged to meet with their I Know I Can advisor in their high school or on their college campus.

We also encourage students and families to check out this helpful website that has a comprehensive FAFSA & financial aid guide!

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