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2024-25 FAFSA Information

A new and improved FAFSA experience is here!

Delayed Release to Schools

The 2024-25 FAFSA is now available for students to complete but Sandhills will be unable to process any FAFSA's until May/June. Once our office begins reviewing 2024-25 FAFSA's, students will be notified through their SCC email.

You are able to register for fall classes without having your financial aid in place. 

Students should be able to start making corrections beginning April 15th. 

Federal Student Aid has informed schools that students will receive the following communications:

  • Students will receive an email informing them that their FAFSA form has been fully processed and their FAFSA information has been sent to the schools they listed on their form.
  • Students who applied using the online FAFSA form will receive an email that they can access their FAFSA Submission Summary by logging in to StudentAid.gov using their account username and password.
  • An email reminder will be sent to previous FAFSA applicants who have not yet submitted a 2024-25 FAFSA form.
  • Students will be able to make corrections to their FAFSA once their eligibility has been calculated and their FAFSA has been processed. Students may view their eligibility calculation by logging back into their Studentaid.gov account.

Overview of FAFSA Changes

The new FAFSA will result in a more streamlined application process, providing expanded student aid eligibility for many families.

Key changes include:

Once your application is submitted, the FAFSA Processing System (FPS) will generate the Student Aid Index (SAI), which will assist schools in determining the student’s eligibility for federal need-based financial aid. The SAI replaces the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) component used in prior years.

Students will receive the results of their application via the FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS), formerly known as the Student Aid Report (SAR), via email.

Things You Can Do Now

  1. All contributors can create an account on StudentAid.gov (FSA ID) now. It typically takes up to 3 days for your login to be processed. Learn how to create your FSA ID and how to access your account with this 3-minute video!
  2. Gather contact information for contributors who will need to supply information on the FAFSA. You will need full names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and email addresses for every individual required to report information on your FAFSA. (Note that beginning with the 2024-25 aid year, parents who do not have a social security number will be able to create an FSA ID.)

Helpful Videos and Resources from Federal Student Aid