A Promise to Students: Improving How We Award Federal Student Aid

As the father of twins who not long ago graduated from higher education, I can take pleasure in what you or your mother and father go through each individual calendar year as you fill out the Cost-free Application for Federal Student Help, regarded as the FAFSA® sort. As you know, finishing this sort can open up the door to your larger instruction dreams by supplying federal college student grants, work-analyze cash, and loans. The FAFSA sort can also unlock other alternatives for grants and scholarships from states, schools, and personal companies.

Around the a long time,
Federal Student Help (FSA) has taken methods to make it easier for you to fill out
the FAFSA sort. For example, we have simplified the course of action so you only see
queries that pertain to you, and we keep on to spouse with the Inner
Income Service (IRS) so you and your mother and father can retrieve tax return
data for the FAFSA sort. We also produced it easier to fill out the sort on
your cellular gadget. And, speaking of cellular products, we keep on to update the
myStudentAid cellular app, in which we guideline you through the course of action with valuable
prompts and checklists that remind you about crucial steps you will need to acquire
to implement for federal college student assist.

Nonetheless, additional advancements are
coming, and there are large alterations forward. You deserve just about every opportunity to
pursue your larger instruction dreams, and I assure that FSA will provide you
the ideal possible FAFSA experience. New legislation handed by Congress will:

  • broaden
    your entry to Federal Pell Grants and backed loans, which include creating
    incarcerated college students eligible for Federal Pell Grants
  • alter
    the methodology we use to work out how much federal college student assist you and your family get
  • enhance
    the trade of tax details to support you file an exact FAFSA sort and
  • eradicate
    any unfavorable effects similar to queries about drug convictions and
    Selective Service registration for federal college student assist.

FSA is energized about these alterations to build a better FAFSA sort both
now and in the long term!

To provide on these new alternatives,
FSA 1st requires to update the technological know-how system that the FAFSA sort is developed
on. Believe that it or not, the latest system is 45 a long time previous, and while we have
produced it work all these a long time, it’s just as well limited to aid these new

As you can see, we’re presently hard
at work modernizing the FAFSA system. But we’re having treatment to ensure you can
implement for and get federal college student assist at any position. That’s why we’re
breaking up this extensive work into bite-sized parts. As early as Oct. 1 of
this calendar year, some of these advancements will start off to clearly show, and we will increase additional
advancements as soon as we can over time. With each individual step we acquire, we’ll generally
ensure that you stay at the centre of our emphasis.

Our mission is to support you pursue
your larger instruction dreams. And we pledge to hold you updated just about every step of
the way, so you know precisely what to be expecting from FSA.

Loaded Cordray
Chief Running Officer
U.S. Division of Education, Workplace of Federal Student Help