FAFSA Simplification 2024-25

Last Updated Thursday February 8th, 2024

In December 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act which includes the FAFSA Simplification Act—a comprehensive redesign of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid. Specifically, the law makes it easier for students and families to complete and submit the FAFSA and expands access to federal student aid.

The 2024-2025 FAFSA process looks a bit different than it was in the past. Don’t worry, Elmhurst University is here to help you. The Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) will update this page as additional information is made available so that we can continue to educate students, families and our campus community on the new processes.

What Can You Do Now?

  • The 2024-2025 FAFSA is available now. Visit studentaid.gov/fafsa to get started. The 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is available as part of a soft launch.
  • If you haven’t already, retrieve or create your FSA ID. Contributors who do not have a Social Security Number will be able to establish an FSA ID.
  • Determine if you need to invite Contributors to your FAFSA, such as a parent or spouse.
  • Gather 2022 federal tax information for the student and Contributor(s), including net business and/or farm values.

What Does This Mean?

  • The Department has stressed that applicants do not need to rush to complete the application during the soft launch. If you are unable to access the form during the soft launch, please check back at a later time to access the form once any planned maintenance has been completed.
  • Per the Department of Education, Schools will not be sent FAFSA information until the “first half of March” – Elmhurst University will not be able to confirm receipt of FAFSA until late March at the earliest.

Where Can I Get More Information?

We recommend monitoring StudentAid.gov for the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. For any technical issues with the FAFSA application, please contact Federal Student Aid at (800) 433-3243, or by Live Chat. For any other questions, please contact our office, either by phone at (630) 617-3015, or by email at sfs@elmhurst.edu.

You can also schedule an appointment with the Office of Student Financial Services by using our appointment scheduler.


We understand that many students have been experiencing challenges submitting the FAFSA application, so we want to confirm that Elmhurst University will be accommodating students who are experiencing delays. We recommend completing your application by May 1. For Illinois residents, ISAC has suggested the priority date for returning MAP recipients is April 1, 2024.

Yes, all current and incoming students have the option to make an appointment with the Office of Student Financial Services to complete your FAFSA application. Families are welcome to join! Appointments can be made using our appointment scheduler.

The FAFSA Simplification Act represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid starting with the 2024–25 award year. Some of the changes you will see include a streamlined application with fewer questions, an easier way to transfer tax information directly from the IRS, and “EFC” (Expected Family Contribution) being replaced with the Student Aid Index (SAI).

Federal Student Aid has released an Issue Alert Report, where they are monitoring the status of common issues users are experiencing. We recommend bookmarking this page for regular status updates and resources related to the FAFSA Launch.

If your tax data does not accurately reflect your current household income due to changes such as (but not limited to) a loss of a job or a divorce, you may be eligible to complete a Special Circumstance Appeal. We will need to wait until FAFSA data is received to begin the appeal process. You can find more information on this appeal here.

According to the most recent guidance provided by the Department of Education, they will be processing FAFSAs and providing FAFSA data to the schools listed on your application in the “first half of March”. You will receive email confirmation once your application has been processed, where you can review your FAFSA Submission Summary. Elmhurst University will not be able to confirm receipt of FAFSA until late March at the earliest.

Once you receive an email confirming your FAFSA application has been processed, you can return to http://www.studentaid.gov to make corrections or add schools to your FAFSA application. This option will not be available while your application is under review. We will use the most recent application to determine your eligibility for aid.

If you are an Illinois student who is not eligible for federal financial aid (and do not file the FAFSA), you may apply for a State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant using the online Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, which is patterned after the FAFSA. The 2024-25 application is available to complete now.


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