Learn what's new with the FAFSA.

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
Draft 2016–17 FAFSA Available for Comment
FAFSA and IRS Outreach
Availability of FAFSA Materials and Websites
2016–17 FAFSA Materials and Websites
2015–16 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.


Draft 2016–17 FAFSA Available for Comment

Federal Student Aid has released the draft 2016–17 FAFSA, Student Aid Report (SAR), and SAR Acknowledgement for public comment. The docket can be found at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0101.

We know that many counselors will be particularly interested in the FSA Application Enhancements Summary in the "Supporting Statements" area of the docket. The summary provides a snapshot of what's new for the 2016–17 FAFSA. Changes for 2016–17 include the following:

  • On the paper FAFSA, the pages have been reordered so that the instructions appear in a single area of the document.
  • The student's list of schools will continue to be shared with the student's state agency but not with the colleges.

Please visit the docket at the URL above for full details about these and other changes to the FAFSA.


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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2016–17 FAFSA Materials and Websites

FAFSA Document or Website Availability Estimate
Paper FAFSA Draft available now at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0101
Spanish paper FAFSA Winter 2015–16
PDF FAFSA Draft available now at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0101
Spanish PDF FAFSA Winter 2015–16
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Winter 2015–16
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (paper copy) Winter 2015–16
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Winter 2015–16
Spanish FAFSA on the Web Worksheet online in PDF Winter 2015–16
Student Aid Report sample Draft SAR available now at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0101
Spanish Student Aid Report sample Winter 2015–16
SAR Acknowledgement sample Draft SAR Acknowledgement available now at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0101
Spanish SAR Acknowledgement sample Winter 2015–16
FAFSA demo site updated for 2016–17 December 2015
Completing the FAFSA (StudentAid.gov/complete) December 2015
fafsa.gov screen shots December 2015
EFC Formula Guide Winter 2015–16
FAFSA summary of changes Preliminary version available as FSA Application Enhancements Summary at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=ED-2015-ICCD-0101
FAFSA4caster updated and live online Jan. 1, 2016
Federal School Code List November 2015

2015–16 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 worksheets 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 worksheets 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: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
Spanish Student Aid Report sample: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
Spanish SAR Acknowledgement sample: request PDF from StudentExperienceGroup@ed.gov Available now
FAFSA demo site updated for 2015–16 Available now
Completing the FAFSA Available now
fafsa.gov 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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