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Simplification of the FAFSA Application Process: Important Update

We hope this email finds you well. We wanted to share some news regarding the upcoming changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. As many of you know, the FAFSA will undergo a major simplification effort starting in the 2024-25 academic year.  The effort aims to make it easier for students to apply for financial aid. We wanted to share this update with you, and ask that you spread the word to students as you are able.

Here's what you need to know:

The FAFSA is getting simpler. With fewer questions and clearer language, students will find it easier to navigate the application process. This means less confusion and more accessibility for all.

We understand that the FAFSA can be a daunting task for many students, and  we're happy to share  news of changes that will alleviate some of the stress and complexity. We believe all students should feel empowered to apply for the appropriate level of financial aid relative to their need.

Please note that we have received information from the federal government that due to the  FAFSA launch date of December 31 this year, all schools—such as DePaul—will not receive information from the FAFSA applications until the end of January.  This delay could further impact when schools can begin awarding financial aid packages to students, which may be later than usual. The Office of Financial Aid will make every effort to mitigate unnecessary delays regarding all steps that are in DePaul’s control.

While this delay is frustrating, we strongly encourage all students to remain proactive and stay informed throughout the financial aid planning process. Applying early—as soon as the FAFSA form becomes available—and staying updated on any announcements or changes from the Federal Department of Education will help students navigate through any potential delays more effectively.

Spread the word! As members of the DePaul University community, we all play a crucial role in supporting our students. Please share this information and encourage students to:

  • Mark December 31, 2023, on their calendars to file their FAFSA
  • Create their FSA ID early
  • Gather all necessary information
  • Watch for updates and resources from the Office of Financial Aid
Thank you for your attention to this important update. Your support in spreading awareness about the simplified FAFSA application process is greatly appreciated.