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FAFSA Changes

What you and your family can expect when completing your FAFSA this year.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will differ slightly beginning this year. To help you and your family prepare for the changes the new FAFSA will bring, we’ve compiled this page that includes important information and references so you can feel confident and informed when completing the FAFSA.

The application open date for the 2024-2025 FAFSA is scheduled for December 31, 2023.

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Enrollment deposit deadline moved to June 1 due to FAFSA delays

York College of Pennsylvania has extended its enrollment deposit deadline from May 1, 2024 – National College Decision Day – to June 1, 2024, due to delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.


  • What's New

    Changes you and your family can expect

    The application open date for the 2024-2025 FAFSA is scheduled for December 31, 2023. When filing the 2025-2026 FAFSA, the open date will revert to its historical timeframe of October 1. 

    The FAFSA will be a student-initiated submission. Parents can begin the FAFSA by selecting they are starting the form as a parent and entering data. Unlike previous versions of the FAFSA, their information submission does not complete the process. This means you, as the student, will need to either initiate the application by establishing a login on studentaid.gov or follow the notification email (provided to you) that indicates a FAFSA has been started on your behalf.  You would then provide consent, sign the form, and verify the data

    There are sections of the application designated to be completed by the student and sections designated to be completed by the student's parent(s). If a student initiates the FAFSA process, parents are prompted to complete their sections of the FAFSA by the student. This means that once a student has completed the necessary sections of the electronic application, they will be prompted to send an email invitation to their parent, which will direct them to complete the parent/guardian sections of the application.  All contributors to the FAFSA will be required to provide consent to retrieve and use federal tax information, which is a change to what is now known as the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

    Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will no longer be calculated and used to determine a student’s federal Pell Grant eligibility or eligibility for other need-based federal financial aid. The FAFSA will now use a new formula, the Student Aid Index (SAI), to determine Pell Grant eligibility and other need-based aid. The SAI’s formula removes the number of family members in college from the calculation, links eligibility to family size and federal poverty level, and allows for one of three formulas to be used when determining federal Pell Grant eligibility and other certain types of federal student aid.

    The revised FAFSA is much shorter than the previous version. The application has gone from over 100 questions to less than 50.  Questions about Select Service registration and drug convictions have been removed, and questions about applicants' sex and race/ethnicity have been added.

  • What’s Staying the Same

    Things you’ll still need to prepare for when completing the FAFSA

    • If you are a dependent student, you must report parent information on your FAFSA.

    • You and your parent(s) must create (or access a previous) account, or FSA ID, to complete and sign your FAFSA.

    • The following documents and information are needed to complete your application:

      • Your social security number
      • Your parent(s)’ social security numbers if you are a dependent student
      • Your driver’s license number (if you have your driver's license)
      • Federal tax information, tax documents, or tax return information for yourself, and your parent(s) if you are a dependent student
      • Untaxed income records
      • Savings and checking account balances, investments, etc. for you and your parents if you are a dependent student
    • When completing the FAFSA as a current or incoming student, you must include York College’s Title IV institutional code – 003399.

  • Important Reference Items

    2024-2025 FAFSA Preview Presentation provides a glimpse into a draft version of what the FAFSA could possibly look like once made available in December 2023.  The presentation provides commentary on what the process could be for both dependent and independent students.

    The Federal Student Aid website, studentaid.gov, contains the link to the 2024-2025 FAFSA and any updates and guidance made available to students and their families about the newly revamped FAFSA. It also serves as a great resource for information about all types of federal financial aid. Frequently check the “Announcements” section of the website for the latest on federal student aid programs.

    The Federal Student Aid Estimator provides an estimate of how much federal student aid the student may be eligible to receive. These estimates are based on the Student Aid Index (SAI), an index to determine federal student aid eligibility. Please note: This is NOT the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form as that will be available in December 2023.

Contact Us
Office of Financial Aid
Miller Administration Building, Room 138
Phone: 717.815.1282
M - F 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.