Learn what's new with the FAFSA® process and materials.

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

FAFSA Updates

Wondering what's planned for the upcoming FAFSA® season? 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
Changes on the 2022–23 FAFSA® Form
Availability of FAFSA® Materials and Websites
2022–23 FAFSA® Materials and Websites
2021–22 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 forms or plans for next year's FAFSA form.


Note: We'd like to request that you encourage students and parents to create FSA IDs as soon as possible, especially if they think the Social Security Administration might have incorrect information for them in its files. Send students and parents to StudentAid.gov/fsa-id/create-account to create an FSA ID. Meanwhile, we've developed several resources to help you get the word out about the FSA ID.


Changes on the 2022–23 FAFSA® Form

The 2022–23 FAFSA changes include the following:

  • The online FAFSA form will have a visual update and a similar look and feel to the rest of StudentAid.gov.
  • Users will be able to select their specific role—student, parent, or preparer—before they enter the FAFSA form.
  • For students and parents who don't use the IRS DRT, the Schedule 1 help topics will be updated to include all current exceptions for filing a Schedule 1. "Virtual Currency" will be removed as an exception.
  • Drug convictions no longer affect federal student aid eligibility. As students complete the FAFSA form, they will be asked whether they had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while they were receiving federal student aid. If the answer is yes, students will be provided a worksheet to help students determine whether their conviction affects their eligibility for federal student aid. Students should answer the questions correctly; however, the questions won't impact students' eligibility.
  • Registration status with Selective Service no longer affects students' eligibility to receive federal student aid. However, students can still register through the FAFSA form.

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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® form 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 late summer and early fall. Keep up with anticipated availability here.

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2022–23 FAFSA® Materials and Websites

FAFSA® Document or Website Availability Estimate
fafsa.gov Oct. 1, 2021
Draft PDF FAFSA form (English) Available now
Draft PDF FAFSA form (Spanish) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (English) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (Spanish) Available now
Student Aid Report sample (English and Spanish) October 2021
SAR Acknowledgement sample (English and Spanish) October 2021
FAFSA demo site updated for 2022–23 Sept. 26, 2021
fafsa.gov screenshots (aka "fafsa.gov Preview Presentation") Available now
myStudentAid App's FAFSA Preview Presentation (screenshots) Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes (Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System) Available now
Federal School Code List (English and Spanish) Updated quarterly (2/1, 5/1, 8/1, 11/1)


2021–22 FAFSA® Materials and Websites

FAFSA® Document or Website Availability Estimate
fafsa.gov Available now
PDF FAFSA form (English) Available now
PDF FAFSA form (Spanish) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (English) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (Spanish) Available now
Student Aid Report sample (English) Available now
Student Aid Report sample (Spanish) Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample (English) Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample (Spanish) Available now
FAFSA demo site updated for 2021–22 Available now
fafsa.gov screenshots (aka "fafsa.gov Preview Presentation") Available now
myStudentAid App's FAFSA Preview Presentation (screenshots) Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes (Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System) Available now
Federal School Code List (English) Available now
Federal School Code List (Spanish) Available now

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