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FAFSA Priority Date

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly referred to as the FAFSA) is the key to determining whether you are eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans. You will need to complete a new FAFSA each year.

Students seeking financial aid from Ball State should complete the FAFSA before April 15 each year in order to be considered for the maximum financial aid available. Students completing the FAFSA for the 2024-25 academic year should do so before April 15, 2024.  Even if you think you may not qualify for grants, the information you provide on the FAFSA often helps determine your eligibility for other aid.

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FAFSA Submission for 2024-25

You may now submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2024-25 year. The availability was temporarily delayed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) for the 2024-25 aid year due to a new process being implemented. The FAFSA website is having a few issues due to the new launch and ED is publishing updates at the following link 2024–25 FAFSA Issue Alerts | Knowledge Center.

If you have questions about the new process we may be able to assist you; however, the FAFSA results will not be shared with schools until at least mid-March. Therefore, it will likely be sometime in May before we can begin awarding financial aid for the 2024-25 school year.

Preparing for FAFSA Completion

Prior to completing the 2024-25 FAFSA, you will need to gather your information and prepare those contributing to the process. You can prepare by doing the following:

Create an FSA ID on the Federal Student Aid website and assist contributors, such as your parent(s) or spouse, in creating an FSA ID.
            - An FSA ID is an account and password that gives you access to the Federal Student Aid’s online system and serves as your electronic signature.
            - With the FSA ID, you can complete the FAFSA, sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), apply for repayment plans, complete loan counseling, and use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool.

Short Videos to Help You Prepare for FAFSA Completion

 

FAFSA Question and Answers

To check the status of a 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form, log in to StudentAid.gov. You can find your application status in the Status Center under “My Activity,” which displays after you log in if you have already started or completed a FAFSA form.

NOTE: Colleges are not receiving the FAFSA output and will not begin receiving FAFSA information until sometime in March. Therefore, Ball State staff members cannot access your FAFSA information at this time. 

Yes. Students seeking financial aid from Ball State should complete the FAFSA before April 15 each year in order to be considered for the maximum financial aid available. Students completing the FAFSA for the 2024-25 academic year should do so before April 15, 2024.  Even if you think you may not qualify for grants, the information you provide on the FAFSA often helps determine your eligibility for other aid.
The U.S. Department of Education is working on the implementation of a new FAFSA process and it has been delayed. Corrections will be allowed beginning sometime in March, 2024.

Ball State will begin receiving FAFSA data from the U.S. Department of Education mid-March.  Therefore, it will likely be the end of April or beginning of May before we are able to award financial aid for the 2024-25 school year.

With a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) you can complete the FAFSA, sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), apply for repayment plans, complete loan counseling, and use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool.

If you have an FSA ID but don't remember your username, select "Forgot Username."  Note: If you verified your email address or mobile phone number during account creation, you can enter your email address or mobile phone number instead of your username. If you have an FSA ID but don't remember your password, select "Forgot Password."

Prior to completing the 2024-25 FAFSA, you will need to gather your information and prepare those contributing to the process. You can prepare by doing the following:

  • Create an FSA ID on the Federal Student Aid website and assist contributors, such as your parent(s) or spouse, in creating an FSA ID.

The FAFSA will feature fewer questions, fewer requirements, and retrieve tax information using a direct data exchange from the IRS instead of the previous IRS Data Retrieval Tool. In addition, the formula to determine financial aid eligibility changing. The result, formally known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), will now be referred to as the Student Aid Index (SAI).

It depends. Most foreign citizens are not eligible for federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education. There are, however, some instances in which noncitizens may be eligible for financial aid from the U.S. federal government. Visit studentAid.gov/understand-aid/eligibility/requirements/non-us-citizens to review the eligibility requirements for non-U.S. citizens. See more: https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/international-students.pdf

The FAFSA is introducing the new term contributor, which refers to anyone who is required to provide information on a student’s FAFSA form, including the student, the student’s spouse, a biological or adopted parent, or the parent’s spouse. Students will need the contributor’s name, date of birth, Social Security Number (SSN), and email address to invite them to complete the required portion of the FAFSA.

Contributors will need to provide personal and financial information on their section of the FAFSA. All Contributors–student, student's spouse (if married), and student's parents(s) (if a dependent student)–must provide consent to have tax data transferred directly from the IRS to the FAFSA. If consent is not provided by all parties, the student will not be eligible for federal financial aid. In previous years, transferring IRS data was optional. It is now required.

No. Being a contributor on your student's FAFSA does not obligate you to pay for your student's education.

If your parents are divorced or separated, the contributing parent(s) is the parent (and their spouse, if remarried) who provided the greater portion of your financial support during the 12 months immediately prior to filing the FAFSA. It is not automatically the parent you primarily lived with during the past 12 months.

No. The new FAFSA does not consider how many dependents are attending college at one time within the household when calculating the Student Aid Index (SAI).

The Student Aid Report (SAR) will now be referred to as the FAFSA Submission Summary. This is the summary submission document you receive after completing the FAFSA.

The need analysis formula to determine financial aid is changing. The result, formally known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), will now be referred to as the Student Aid Index (SAI).