Big Changes to the FAFSA & TASFA for 2024-2025

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) are getting major updates, including changes to the application process and eligibility criteria. ACC’s Financial Aid Office is committed to providing guidance and support to ensure a smooth transition for both first-time applicants and returning students.

Latest Updates from the Department of Education

Delay Receiving Your FAFSA (January 30, 2024)

The Department of Education will begin sending 2024-2025 FAFSA information to ACC during the first half of March. At that time, ACC will begin processing 2024-2025 FAFSAs. Students will also be able to make corrections to their application starting in the first half of March.

FAFSA Form Issues (January 3, 2024)

The Department of Education is working to resolve ongoing form issues preventing various users from completing their FAFSA. We recommend monitoring this webpage for the latest updates and FAQs.

FAFSA Form Online by December 31 (December 15, 2023)

Starting December 31, students and families can submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA online. After this date, the Federal Student Aid (FSA) will have a soft launch period to fix any problems that come up.

Latest Updates from ACC Financial Aid

Financial Aid Month (February 1, 2024)

Join us for Financial Aid Month throughout February. We are here to help!

Priority Date Extended to May 1 (January 31, 2024)

ACC has extended the financial aid priority date to May 1, 2024. Complete your application by the priority date to ensure your financial aid is ready in time for Fall 2024.

Summary of Changes

Changes to the FAFSA (for U.S. Citizens & Eligible Non-Citizens)

Changes to the FAFSA (for U.S. Citizens & Eligible Non-Citizens)
Simpler Application & Updated Eligibility Expect a shorter, more straightforward application with fewer questions. Eligibility criteria have been updated, including changes to the formula used to determine aid.
Direct Transfer of Tax Info from the IRS The FAFSA will directly link with the IRS, minimizing manual entry of income information. Online consent for this transfer is required by all FAFSA contributors.
Terminology Changes Terminology updates that all students and parents should be familiar with:

Contributor: anyone who is required to provide their information on the FAFSA, such as the student, a spouse, biological or adoptive parent, or stepparent.

Student Aid Index (SAI): number calculated by the FAFSA and used by colleges to determine eligibility for financial aid (replaces Expected Family Contribution (EFC)).

FAFSA® Submission Summary (FSS): application summary received after completing the FAFSA (formerly Student Aid Report (SAR))

Expanded Online Access for FSA ID Parents without a Social Security Number (SSN) can create their own username and password (FSA ID) to sign their student’s FAFSA, streamlining the online process for the whole family. 

If this situation applies to you, please follow the guide “How to Get an FSAID for Individuals Without a Social Security Number” developed by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

Add More Colleges Students can add up to 20 colleges to their FAFSA, and each school will get a copy to process.

Changes to the TASFA (for Non-Citizens & Undocumented Students with Texas Residency)

Changes to the TASFA (for Non-Citizens & Undocumented Students with Texas Residency)
Going Online The TASFA is transitioning from a paper form to an online application early this year. The paper application is currently available for students to complete.
Less Paperwork Students are not required to submit as many documents.
Add More Colleges Students can add up to 10 colleges to their online TASFA, and each school will receive a copy for processing.

Submitting Your Application

The 2024-2025 FAFSA and TASFA are available now for students to complete. Submit one of the following applications based on your background:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For U.S. citizens & eligible non-citizens

Submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA online. Use ACC’s school code: 012015.

Texas Application for State Student Aid (TASFA)

For non-citizens & undocumented Texas residents

Submit the paper 2024-2025 TASFA. The online application is anticipated later this year.

Financial Aid Timeline

Below is a list of key financial aid dates. Please monitor your ACCMail & Self-Service for updates.

Date Event
December 31, 2023 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) for the 2024-2025 year became available for students and families.
February 2024 ACC Financial Aid Month is here! Get help with your FAFSA or TASFA at a campus near you. Visit our website for more details.
Late March – April 2024 The ACC Financial Aid Office will begin to process FAFSA and TASFA submissions. Track your status on Self-Service. Additional documents may be required.
May 1, 2024 ACC priority date for Fall 2024 financial aid. 
Late Spring – Summer 2024 The ACC Financial Aid Office will begin notifying students of their financial aid offers for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Can I still get financial aid for this Spring 2024?

Yes! You can still apply for and receive financial aid for this school year including Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 – even if the semester is already over (or almost over)! 

Go to StudentAid.gov/FAFSA to complete this year’s 2023-2024 FAFSA. Use school code 012015 and monitor Self-Service for updates on your financial aid.

To complete this year’s 2023-2024 TASFA (for non-citizens and undocumented Texas residents), follow these steps.

I attended ACC in Fall 2023. Can I still get financial aid for that semester?

Yes! You can still apply for and receive financial aid for this school year including Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024 – even if the semester is already over (or almost over)! 

Go to StudentAid.gov/FAFSA to complete this year’s 2023-2024 FAFSA. Use school code 012015 and monitor Self-Service for updates on your financial aid.

To complete this year’s 2023-2024 TASFA (for non-citizens and undocumented Texas residents), follow these steps.

FAFSA

Why is the FAFSA changing?

The FAFSA is changing to make it simpler for students and families to apply for college aid. These changes were made possible by the FAFSA Simplification Act, which aims to simplify the process of getting federal student aid.

For more details on these changes, please refer to the FAFSA Simplification Act and the FAFSA Simplification Fact Sheet.

Whose information is required on the FAFSA?

Your dependency status determines whose information you must report when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

  • If you are a dependent student, you will need information for yourself and your parent(s).
  • If you are an independent student, you will need information for yourself and, if married, your spouse.

For more information about which parent is required on the FAFSA, review this chart on the Student Aid website. Contact the Financial Aid Office for guidance in unique circumstances.

What information will I need to fill out the FAFSA?

You will need your personal and financial information, including your Social Security Number, federal income tax returns, records of untaxed income, and details about your assets. If applicable, gather similar information for your parent(s) or spouse.

Please note that for the 2024-2025 FAFSA, you will need income information for 2022, while for the 2023-2024 FAFSA, you will need income information for 2021.

Visit the Student Aid website for a comprehensive list.

How does the Direct Transfer of Tax Info work?

The FAFSA collects relevant tax information directly from the IRS, minimizing the need to enter income details manually. This process requires consent and approval by the applicant and any applicable contributors to the FAFSA such as their parents and/or spouse.

As a dependent student, does my parent need to create an FSA ID if they do not have a Social Security Number (SSN)?

Yes, parents who do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) must still create their FSA ID. The FSA ID is required for all contributors, starting with the 2024-2025 FAFSA. 

Individuals without a SSN can create an FSA ID account online using the steps below. 

Note: During the FSA ID account creation process, individuals without an SSN will be asked several identifying questions. If any identity verification questions are answered incorrectly (and only in this case), they will see an error message indicating the account was created but they still need to contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) to verify their identity.

2023-2024 FAFSA Only

For the 2023-2024 FAFSA, parents who do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) do not need to obtain an FSA ID. Instead, they should enter all zeroes in the parent section of the application. Following this, the parent must physically sign the signature page and mail it to the designated mailing address provided within the document.

What should I do if my parent, who does not have a Social Security Number (SSN), could not verify their identity online for the FSA ID?

If your parent cannot verify their identity online for the FSA ID, they must follow these steps:

  1. Contact FSAIC: Reach out to the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) by phone, email, or chat.
    1. Email or chat is recommended for the fastest response. No login is required.
  2. Get a Case Number: Once in contact with FSAIC, your parent will receive a case number.
  3. Submit Documents to IDVerification@ed.gov: Complete the Attestation & Validation of Identity Form and include the supporting identification documents requested within the form. A case number is required for submission.

To obtain a case number via email, your parent can:

  1. Visit the Federal Student Aid Help Center online.
  2. Use the “Email” option under the “I’m a Parent” section.
  3. Fill out the online form with parent information and a description of the issue. Select FSA ID as the “Subject”.
  4. Hit “Send”. This will generate a case number which will be emailed to your parent’s email within a few minutes. If this option does not work, try the chat or call.

What should I do if my parent, who does not have a Social Security Number (SSN), is unable access my 2024-2025 FAFSA to provide their information?

If your parent does not have a Social Security Number (SSN) and cannot access your 2024-2025 FAFSA, you are not alone. Currently, there is an application issue preventing contributors without an SSN from starting or accessing the 2024-2025 FAFSA form.

The Department of Education has provided helpful guidance for situations like this. For step-by-step instructions on submitting your application, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.

TASFA

Why is the TASFA changing?

This transition will streamline the work of all parties involved and provide TASFA applicants with a simplified online financial aid process as opposed to the previous paper application.

Whose information is required on the TASFA?

Your dependency status determines whose information you must report when you fill out the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) form.

  • If you are a dependent student, you will need information for yourself and your parent(s).
  • If you are an independent student, you will need information for yourself and, if married, your spouse.

Contact the Financial Aid Office for guidance in unique circumstances.

What information will I need to fill out the TASFA?

You will need your personal and financial information, including your federal income tax returns, records of untaxed income, and details about your assets. If applicable, gather similar information for your parent(s) or spouse.

Please note that for the 2024-2025 TASFA, you will need income information for 2022, while for the 2023-2024 TASFA, you will need income information for 2021.

We’re here for you.

Contact ACC’s Financial Aid Office

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