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 2018–19 FAFSA® Form
FAFSA® and IRS VITA Tax Assistance Centers
Availability of FAFSA® Materials and Websites
2019–20 FAFSA® Materials and Websites
2018–19 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/fsaid for information about the FSA ID and a link 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 2018–19 FAFSA® Form

The 2018–19 FAFSA changes include the following:

  • Tax information transferred from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into the FAFSA form won't be visible. Instead, students and parents will see "Transferred from the IRS" in the appropriate fields on fafsa.gov, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) web page, and on the Student Aid Report.
  • The population of applicants and parents who are eligible to use the IRS DRT has expanded. Amended tax return filers are able to use the IRS DRT to transfer their IRS tax return information from their original tax return into the FAFSA form.
  • The definition of "youth," as it pertains to homelessness, has changed. Students who are older than 21 but not yet 24, and who are unaccompanied and homeless or self-supporting and at risk of being homeless, qualify as independent students. They are able to complete the FAFSA form as independent students without financial aid administrators performing a dependency override.

FAFSA® and IRS VITA Tax Assistance Centers

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® 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.

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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2019–20 FAFSA® Materials and Websites

In mid- to late July 2018, we will provide a table showing sites, forms, worksheets, and other resources related to the 2019–20 FAFSA form, indicating when each item is expected to be available.


2018–19 FAFSA® Materials and Websites

Below is a table showing sites, forms, worksheets, and other resources related to the FAFSA form itself. You also may want to use the Search Tools and Resources search functionality to find resources related to FAFSA outreach in general.

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 (paper copy) (English and 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 2018–19 Available now
Completing the FAFSA® Form Available now
fafsa.gov screen shots (aka "FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation") Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes (Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System) Available now
FAFSA4caster (English) Available now
FAFSA4caster (Spanish) Available now
Federal School Code List (English) Available now
Federal School Code List (Spanish) Available now

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