A Better FAFSA

The U.S. FAFSA Simplification Act represents a significant overhaul to the processes and systems used to apply for and offer financial aid.

**Caution! Our information is limited, but we will continue to update this page as more details become available. The details included on this page are what we can currently confirm. Check back regularly for updates!**

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Complete the 2024-25 FAFSA

The 2024-25 FAFSA® is available and we’re continuing to see the success rate of submissions improve!

It appears that students and their contributors are now able to make corrections; the most common need for correction we see are students or their contributors missing their signature on the FAFSA®.

We’ve begun reaching out, mostly via email, to all students based on the FAFSA® information we’ve received to offer added support and request verification documents.

UW–Madison will not have a FAFSA® Priority Date for 2024-25.

Impacts & Benefits

The FAFSA® is getting a makeover with the hopes of making it even easier for students and their families to submit.

Not only will there be fewer questions on the FAFSA® to answer, and fewer requirements overall, your tax information will be retrieved through a direct data exchange with the IRS.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) also estimates we should see in increase to the number of students eligible to receive the Federal Pell Grant.

Federal Student Aid’s Pro Tips for the 2024-25 FAFSA®.

Financial Aid Offers

We’ve started to send financial aid offers to all undergraduate students and will continue to do so as we have complete and accurate FAFSAs®!

Graduate and professional students should have their financial aid offers before the end of May.

Running into issues with the 2024-25 FAFSA®? Please take screenshots of what you’re seeing or where you are getting stuck and attach them when you email us your questions(s).


Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA®, all users/contributors must have an FSA ID and password to fill out the FAFSA®, even those without a Social Security Number (SSN).

Processing your FSA ID can take up to 5 business days, so we recommend creating it at least a week before you start your FAFSA®.

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What is an FSA ID?

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).

Who needs an FSA ID?

Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA®, all contributors (student, student’s spouse, and/or parent) must have their own FSA ID.

How do you get an FSA ID?

To create your FSA ID, please go to https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch.

What if I don't remember my FSA ID or am not sure if I have one?

To retrieve a forgotten FSA ID or password, please go to https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/sign-in/landing and click either the “Forgot my Username” or “Forgot my Password”  links.

When should I create my FSA ID?


In general, because it can take up to 5 business days, we recommend creating it at least a week before you start your FAFSA®.