Federal Student Aid has been hard at work updating their email programming for the 2021-2022 FAFSA cycle. They began sending emails to 2019-2020 FAFSA filers who haven’t filed the 2021-2022 form yet. According to FSA, ” The goals of the email campaign are to make customers aware that the 2021-2022 FAFSA form is available and to encourage them to complete the form early.”
Eligible students and parents who have a valid email address in the Central Processing System will receive an email at some point between now and early December. In January, students who are renewal eligible but still have not submitted a 2021-2022 FAFSA form will receive an email reminder. Students and parents may receive different messages based on certain factors. The specific email text is attached to this notice for your reference.
Eligible students and parents who have opted in to receive SMS notifications may receive a notification in addition to an email.
Students and parents can now complete and submit the 2021-2022 FAFSA form electronically via fafsa.gov or via the myStudentAid mobile app. One of the features of the 2021-2022 myStudentAid mobile app is the ability for students to complete and submit a 2021-2022 renewal FAFSA form using the myFAFSA function. Click here to read the full electronic announcement.
Students who report on their FAFSA that they were convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23 to determine if they are eligible for Federal Student Aid. The 2021-2022 Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for FAFSA Question 23 can be found here.
Don’t forget, click here for a copy of the worksheet in Spanish.
The 2021-2022 FAFSA PDF is here. The 2021-2022 FAFSA cycle began on Oct. 1 and the application is available for students and families to complete until June 30, 2022. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process. Students use the FAFSA to apply for federal student aid, such as grants, work-study, and loans. In addition, most states and colleges use information from the FAFSA to award nonfederal aid. FSA is pushing students to apply as early as possible, since some funds are limited, particularly funding from state aid programs which students also apply for through the FAFSA. Be sure to remind your students that some funds are limited, so it’s a good idea to apply as soon as possible. 2021-2022 FAFSA PDF – English
The FAFSA PDF is also available in Spanish. You can grab a copy here: 2021-2022 FAFSA PDF – Spanish
GET YOUR 2020-2021 IRS TAX RETURN AND TRANSCRIPT MATRIX FOR FAFSA VERIFICATION
Be sure to grab a copy of the 2020-2021 IRS Tax Return and Transcript Matrix Although the U.S. Department of Education announced earlier this year that institutions may accept a signed copy of an individual’s tax return for verification the 2020-2021 award year, some students and families may still submit an official IRS Tax Return Transcript to your office for verification. It’s helpful to know which line items from the tax return, the tax transcript, and the FAFSA and ISIR correspond. Click the link below to download a copy.
2020-2021 IRS Tax Return And Transcript Matrix For FAFSA Verification
Some of the ideas put forth for Reauthorization of the HEA, include eliminating the drug-related eligibility questions on the FAFSA. Presently, students who report on their FAFSA that they were convicted of possessing or selling illegal drugs must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for Question 23 to determine if they are eligible for Federal Student Aid. The 2020-2021 Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet for FAFSA Question 23 can be found here.