FAFSA Simplification Act

The FAFSA 2024–25 Is Changing

FAFSA 2024–25 will open December 2023. The Department of Education, Federal Student Aid (FSA) Division, is working on several changes to make federal aid more accessible for students and families.

Why is it changing?

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021:

Future Act

  • Allows the Department of Education to automatically obtain federal tax information from the IRS for students, parents, and other contributors (such as a spouse or stepparent).
  • Requires consent from students and other contributors separately.

FAFSA Simplification Act

  • Introduces significant changes to the FAFSA application process, including changes to the FAFSA form.
  • Changes in how students complete the application.
  • Changes in eligibility calculation.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022:

FAFSA Simplification Technical Corrections Act

  • Extended FAFSA simplification timeline.
  • Updated language associated with Cost of Attendance (COA)
  • Provided additional flexibility for assisting students with unusual circumstances.
  • Modified the terms and conditions for students that qualify for Pell Grant funds based upon meeting special conditions currently associated with the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant and the Children of Fallen Heroes Grant.

What is changing?


What does this mean for you?

The changes to FAFSA will have a varied impact on Boston College student populations. Below is information about the potential impact(s) and what to expect. These sections will be updated as new information is provided.


FAFSA Simplication Frequently Asked Questions