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During the soft launch, the Federal Student Aid Program (FSA) will make the form available for periods of time over the coming days while FSA monitors the site performance and responds to any potential issues. FSA will also be initiating pauses to the site, during which the form will not be available while site maintenance is conducted. 

Helpful Tips for the 2024-2025 FAFSA Form can be found here

Students and families will have ample time to complete the 2024-25 FAFSA, and do not need to rush to fill out the form immediately when the soft launch period opens, as FSA will not transmit results to schools until later in January. Here is what students, families, and schools can expect during the soft launch:
  • Contributors (the student, parent, student’s spouse, or parent’s spouse), including those without a Social Security number (SSN), will be able to create a account to access and complete the online FAFSA form. Contributors who already have a verified account username and password will use their existing credentials to sign in and access the form.
  • FSA will initiate pauses for site maintenance and to make updates as needed to create a better FAFSA experience for students and families. Users who go on-line during a temporary pause should check back at a later time to complete the form.
  • Applicants may experience a waiting room feature, which will help control website volumes to ensure optimal performance of the form.
  • If a student completes their form during the soft launch period, their information will be stored for processing. They do NOT need to return to resubmit their application after the soft launch concludes.
  • If a student completes their FAFSA form, but a contributor cannot access the site during a period when the site is unavailable, the contributor can return to complete their portion of the form as soon as the site becomes available again. Any data entered in the form is still in the system and is secure.
  • If FSA initiates site maintenance while a student or contributor is completing an application, their data is securely saved in the system as they progress through the application.
  • After all sections of the online FAFSA form are completed and submitted, the student will receive a confirmation email noting their submission date, their estimated Student Aid Index (SAI), and estimated Federal Pell Grant eligibility. However, the student will not receive a FAFSA Submission Summary until FSA processes the FAFSA, beginning in late January.

What This Means for Students and Families

Because full processing of FAFSA forms will not start until late January, students and families will have ample time to complete the 2024-25 FAFSA and do not need to rush to fill out the form immediately when the soft launch period opens. FSA is updating its messaging to students and their families on and in other external communications to explain:

  • The schools they selected will receive their FAFSA eligibility information starting in late March.  Students will receive an email informing them when that information has been sent to the schools.
  • Students will receive an email when their FAFSA Submission Summary is available to review on
  • Students should begin to receive aid information from schools they have been accepted to several weeks after the school received their FAFSA information.

We also encourage students to review all application deadlines and processes for their state as well as the colleges and career schools to which they applied, as these items may have changed for the 2024-25 application cycle. Students who are legal residents of Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and who were previously eligible to transfer their FAFSA information directly into their state aid application, will be directed to a state-approved URL to complete their state applications separately. Students from Minnesota, who were previously eligible to transfer their FAFSA information directly into their state application, will not see any information nor links to transfer their FAFSA data.

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