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
FAFSA Update and FAFSA Stats: Federal Student Aid Training Conference Presentation
What's New With the FAFSA for 2015–16: Webinar
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.


FAFSA Update and FAFSA Stats: Federal Student Aid Training Conference Presentation

At the December 2014 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference, offered each year to college financial aid staff and other stakeholders, FSA representatives presented a session called "FAFSA & Application Processing Update." The session included a preview of changes to be implemented on the 2015–16 FAFSA, as well as trends in applicant behavior (presented by a member of FSA's analytics team). You can watch the archived FAFSA & Application Processing Update session and/or download the update session PowerPoint.

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What's New With the FAFSA for 2015–16: Webinar

In December 2014, FSA collaborated with the College Board and the National Association for College Admission Counseling to present a webinar called "What's New With the FAFSA?" The webinar covered changes pending for the 2015–16 FAFSA season, as well as new informational items (such as videos and infographics) that will help you advise your students. You can view the archived What's New With the FAFSA webinar and/or download the What's New webinar PowerPoint.

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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 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
www.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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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 Available now
Completing the FAFSA Available now
www.fafsa.gov screen shots Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes Available now
FAFSA4caster Available now; note: FAFSA4caster is now using 2015–16 calculations to estimate eligibility
Federal School Code List Available now; updated quarterly

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