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Find the latest news and documents related to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

FAFSA Updates

Wondering what's planned for the upcoming FAFSA? Or when that important document will be ready so you can use it with your students? You've come to the right place.

FAFSA News and Enhancements
2015–16 FAFSA: Draft Available for Comment
2014–15 FAFSA: Reporting Same-sex Marriage
2014–15 FAFSA: Parental Information Collection
FAFSA and IRS Outreach
Availability of FAFSA Materials and Websites
2015–16 FAFSA Materials and Websites
2014–15 FAFSA Materials and Websites


FAFSA News and Enhancements

In the following sections of this page, you'll find the latest scoop on enhancements to the current FAFSA or plans for next year's FAFSA.

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2015–16 FAFSA: Draft Available for Comment

The latest draft of the 2015–16 FAFSA is available for comment until Dec. 19, 2014.

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2014–15 FAFSA: Reporting Same-sex Marriage

Consistent with the Supreme Court decision holding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, same-sex couples (both the student and the student's parents) must be reported as married if they were legally married in a state or other jurisdiction (foreign country), without regard to where the couple resides or where the student will be attending school.

Give your students the URL StudentAid.gov/same-sex-marriage to access the fact sheet below, which provides information about this change to the FAFSA.

Reporting Same-sex Marriage on the FAFSA(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that explains how a same-sex couple who is legally married should fill out the FAFSA.
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)Who Is My ''Parent'' When I Fill Out the FAFSA?(Result Type: PDF)How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video(Result Type: VIDEO)

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2014–15 FAFSA: Parental Information Collection

Beginning with the 2014–15 FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education is—for the first time—collecting income and other information from a dependent student's legal parents regardless of the parents' marital status or gender, if those parents live together.

The 2014–15 FAFSA provides a new option for dependent applicants to describe their parents' marital status as "unmarried and both parents living together." To take into account that some parents will be same-sex couples, the FAFSA uses terms like "Parent 1 (father/mother/stepparent)" and "Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent)" instead of gender-specific terms like "mother" and "father."

Guidance for students is at StudentAid.gov/fafsa-parent and in the fact sheets titled "Who Is My 'Parent' When I Fill Out the FAFSA?" and "Reporting Same-sex Marriage on the FAFSA."

More information is contained in the following:

Who Is My ''Parent'' When I Fill Out the FAFSA?(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Fact sheet that helps answer common questions about determining which parent's information to report on the FAFSA.
Resource Type: Handouts
Also Available in: Spanish(Result Type: PDF)
Related: Am I Dependent or Independent?(Result Type: PDF)How to Fill Out the FAFSA Video(Result Type: VIDEO)2014-15 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet(Result Type: PDF)

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FAFSA and IRS Outreach

The office of Federal Student Aid has partnered with the IRS to inform citizens of services available, including free help with tax filing through the VITA program.

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Tell your students: the first F in "FAFSA" stands for "free!" There are websites at which students can get help filing the FAFSA for a fee. These sites are not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). We urge you to advise your students not to pay these sites for assistance that is provided for free at ED's website.


Availability of FAFSA Materials and Websites

FAFSA documents and websites become available throughout the fall and winter. Keep up with anticipated availability here.

How to Order Federal Student Aid Publications(Result Type: PDF)
Description: Learn how to order free materials so you can help your students learn about federal student aid for college or career school.
Resource Type: How-To Guides

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2015–16 FAFSA Materials and Websites

FAFSA Document or Website Availability Estimate
Paper FAFSA February 2015
Spanish paper FAFSA February 2015
PDF FAFSA Jan. 1, 2015
Spanish PDF FAFSA Jan. 1, 2015
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Late January 2015
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Late January 2015
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Student Aid Report sample January 2015
Spanish Student Aid Report sample January 2015
SAR Acknowledgement sample January 2015
Spanish SAR Acknowledgement sample January 2015
FAFSA demo site updated for 2015–16 Dec. 28, 2014
Completing the FAFSA Late December 2014
FAFSA on the Web screen shots Mid-December 2014
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes Available now
FAFSA4caster updated and live online Jan. 1, 2015
Federal School Code List Available now; updated quarterly.

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2014–15 FAFSA Materials and Websites

FAFSA Document or Website Availability Estimate
Paper FAFSA Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper FAFSAs at www.FSAPubs.gov
Spanish paper FAFSA Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper FAFSAs at www.FSAPubs.gov
PDF FAFSA Available now
Spanish PDF FAFSA Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper worksheets at www.FSAPubs.gov
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Available now; students order at www.edpubs.gov; counselors and college access advisors download PDFs or order paper worksheets at www.FSAPubs.gov
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Available now
Student Aid Report sample Available now
Spanish Student Aid Report sample Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample Available now
Spanish SAR Acknowledgement sample Available now
FAFSA demo site updated for 2014–15 Available now
Completing the FAFSA Available now
FAFSA on the Web screen shots Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes Available now
FAFSA4caster updated and live online Available now
Federal School Code List Available now; updated quarterly

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