FAFSA FAQ

We understand that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application process for the 2024-25 academic year has been more challenging and time-consuming than expected, with several changes and unforeseen delays. In recognition of these difficulties, we have created this dedicated site to guide you through the FAFSA application steps. Our aim is to offer clarity and support as we navigate these complexities together.

We are closely monitoring the situation and will update this site with the latest information as it becomes available, ensuring you have access to the most current guidance.

Terminology Known Issues General FAFSA FAQs Reporting and Tax Filing FAQs

Please rest assured, our team is committed to assisting you. We are prepared to address your questions and concerns with the utmost urgency and effectiveness. Your educational journey is important to us, and we are here to support you every step of the way. The EMU financial aid office is here to help. Please feel free to call us at 540-432-4137 or email us at finaid@emu.edu with your questions.

Below, you will find the most up-to-date information regarding the FAFSA for the 2024-25 academic year and the application process.

Timeline

January: The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available for completion on studentaid.gov.

Upon Processing: As the Department of Education processes FAFSA records, the Federal Student Aid (FSA) office will send emails to students, granting access to their FAFSA Submission Summary on studentaid.gov. This summary includes an official Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation and information regarding Federal Pell Grant eligibility. In some cases, there is a significant delay between the completion of the FAFSA and the receipt of the submission summary.

Mid-March: Students are encouraged to check the status of their filed FAFSA on studentaid.gov.

Mid-March Onward: EMU's financial aid office will diligently work to provide a financial aid offer to each new student as soon as their valid FAFSA is available.  

Mid-April: If your FAFSA is invalid, the government has said that you will be able to make corrections sometime in the first half of April.

Late-April: EMU will commence emailing financial aid offers to current students.

Important Terminology

Student Aid Index (SAI): An eligibility index number that a college's or career school's financial aid office uses to determine how much federal student aid the student would receive if the student attended the school. This number results from the information that the student provides in their FAFSA form.

Contributor(s): Anyone who is required to provide information as part of a student's FAFSA submission. A contributor can be a student's biological parents(s), step-parent, adopted parent(s) or student's spouse. The term “contributor” means the individual contributes information to the student's FAFSA.

Family Size: Replaces the term “household size." It captures the appropriate number of family members and dependents in the applicant’s household.

FAFSA Submission Summary: A paper or electronic document from the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid that lists answers to the questions on the student's FAFSA form and gives basic estimates about the student's eligibility for federal student aid. It is not a financial aid offer.

Known Issues with the 2024-25 FAFSA

Here are some of the known FAFSA filing issues identified by the The Department of Education.  We will update this page frequently when new issues are identified and when issues are resolved. 

General FAFSA Simplification FAQs

Reporting and Tax Filing FAQs

FAFSA ApplicationMore about the FAFSA Simplification Act

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