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FAFSA Simplification

Big changes for 2024/25 are coming! Make sure you are ready. FAFSA Simplification.

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is Changing!

Simplifying the financial aid application process: the FAFSA Simplification Act is an initiative by the United States Department of Education to make applying for federal student aid easier for students.  As a result, the 2024-2025 FAFSA and California Dream Act Application will open by December 31, 2023.

This process is the first major redesign of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process in over 40 years. It represents a significant overhaul of federal student aid, including the FAFSA form, need analysis, storage of federal student aid application data, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in the Title IV programs.

The process for the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) will mirror some of the changes from the new FAFSA, both of which will be implemented for the 2024–2025 award year. All students must complete either the FAFSA or CADAA to be considered for financial aid.

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is dedicated to keeping students, families, supporters and our campus community updated.  We will continue to update this webpage as we receive more information from the Department of Education and California Student Aid Commission.

To apply for financial aid, visit Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


*** Due to changes made through the FAFSA Simplification Act, there has been a delay in institutions receiving FAFSA/CADAA data until mid-March.  What this means for you is that there will be a delay in receiving your 2024-2025 estimated award.  We understand the inconvenience this may cause, but our goal is to begin awarding students as soon as we receive the FAFSA/CADAA information from the Department of Education.  Please be sure to check your MyCoyote student portal regularly for any “To Do’s” or “Holds” to prevent further processing delays.

We encourage you to complete the FAFSA/CADAA as early as possible despite these delays.  You may experience difficulty with logging into the system to complete the application, but we encourage you to continue trying to access the FAFSA/CADAA application on a regular basis. *** 


 Tips for Preparing To Fill Out the FAFSA® Form...

When will the 2024-2025 FAFSA/CADAA become available? 

The 2024-25 FAFSA and CADAA will be available by December 31, 2023.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are the FAFSA and CADAA Changing?

“FAFSA® Simplification Act: On Dec. 27, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The law includes provisions that amend the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act and includes the FAFSA Simplification Act—a sweeping 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form and expands access to federal student aid.” 

What Are the New Changes?
  • The number of questions on the FAFSA has decreased from over 100 to less than 50.
  • The EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) is now the Student Aid Index (SAI).
  • Students can list up to 20 schools on their FAFSA via the online application.
  • Applicants will be asked to report their sex, race, and ethnicity on the FAFSA itself, but students will be offered a choice of “Prefer Not to Answer”. Schools and states won’t see responses to these questions on the FAFSA.
  • The Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) has been renamed the Federal Taxpayer Information (FTI)
  • Students, spouses, parents, and stepparents will now need to provide their consent in the new Consent to Retrieve and Disclose Federal Tax Information section of the FAFSA for federal student aid eligibility.
  • This consent will allow the IRS to share FTI.
  • If any party to the FAFSA form does not provide consent, submission of the form will still be allowed. However, a Student Aid Index (SAI) will not be calculated.
What Does This Mean for You?

The 2024-2025 FAFSA/CADAA process is going to look a bit different than it was in the past and just like the name says, FAFSA Simplification, we expect the process to be easier for students and parents. 

What Can You Do Now to Prepare?
  • Mark your calendar for December 31. 2023 – we’ll update this page if anything changes.
  • Create your FAFSA ID today.



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