Great news! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for academic year 2023-24 will be available October 1, 2022. The FAFSA is the key to unlocking federal financial aid to help you pay for your college expenses next year.
There aren’t a lot of changes to the FAFSA this time. Last year we advised you that there were some questions that would be removed from the 2023-24 FAFSA, and they were eliminated as planned. There is no longer a question about a drug conviction while you were receiving federal financial aid, and the question for males regarding Selective Service has also been removed. As a result, there is no longer a gender question (male/female) on the FAFSA.
One other change you need to be aware of is the retirement of the myStudentAid mobile app. The app was taken out of service this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can no longer use your smart phone or other device to submit your FAFSA. Instead of using the app, you can simply go to StudentAid.gov to begin your application.
The first step in completing your FAFSA is to create your FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification). While you’ll be given the opportunity to create one after you start your FAFSA, there could be delays in the process if you haven’t created it at least a few days before submitting your application. You can create your FSA ID (Create Account) today at StudentAid.gov.