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How to Prep for the 2024-2025 FAFSA

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now fully available to students and parents following its 'soft launch' on December 31, 2023, which was a three-month delay from the usual October 1st release date. With all these new changes, we urge our network to be proactive and prep for the 24-25 FAFSA with these strategies.

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Navigating Financial Aid for Homeless Students: A FAFSA Screening Tool for High School Counselors

This FAFSA screening tool is intended to help counselors and other school staff identify if students are experiencing homelessness or in foster care before they fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Follow these steps and ask your students these questions to identify if they are independent students, meaning they do not need to include their parental information on the FAFSA.

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The FAFSA Simplification Act: Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Youth with Experience in Foster Care

The FAFSA Simplification Act (enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 and updated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022) aims to remove many of the barriers faced by youth experiencing homelessness or with experience in foster care. The new provisions for homeless and foster youth are in effect for the 2023-2024 award year, here’s a summary of the changes.

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Inform Students about the FAFSA: Use This Email Template

It is important to remind students that the FAFSA is available so they can pursue postsecondary education with as much financial aid as possible. Direct outreach to unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness is crucial. The email template can be used by liaisons, service providers, and financial aid administrators to inform students experiencing homelessness that the 2022-2023 FAFSA is now available, and specific steps to help them complete the application.

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