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 this fall for updates!**

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The 2024-25 FAFSA® has been delayed and will not be available until sometime in December 2023.

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.


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).

However, those without a SSN cannot yet create an FSA ID. We expect this access to be available around the same time the FAFSA® is released.

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®. You could even do it now!

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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?

If you’ve got a Social Security Number (SSN), you can create it now!

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

Those without SSN’s will likely have to wait until December 2023 before the system is able to create their FSA IDs.