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Everything You Need to File the New FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has undergone significant changes in 2024, leading to delayed start to the FAFSA filing process and increasing the wait times for families to receive aid award packages from colleges. Southwest Baptist University is working to minimize the impact of these delays on families by providing timely updates and tips for navigating the new FAFSA.

Once SBU receives your FAFSA results, a personalized financial aid package will be put together for you and a financial aid award letter will be mailed indicating your financial aid eligibility. Your admissions counselor will help you through this process and work with you to create a financial aid package that works for you.

The Department of Education is planning to send colleges FAFSA results in March, and SBU is planning to release financial aid awards in April.

Thanks to the updates made to the FAFSA, it isn’t as complicated or time-consuming as it seems or has been in the past: in fact, nearly 2/3 of the questions have been eliminated on the newly designed form, and there are many you don’t even have to answer on your own! In about the time it takes you to catch up on your Instagram feed - and with only a few pieces of information - you can take the critical first step in getting the money you need to attend college!

FAFSA Filing Checklist

Here’s a checklist of everything students and parents need to fill out, sign and submit the FAFSA:

  • You and your parent’s Social Security numbers. If you’re not a U.S. Citizen but fall into one of thecategories that make you eligible for federal financial aid, you’ll also need your A-Number. If yourparent doesn’t have a Social Security Number, that’s ok - just provide their mailing address.
  • Driver’s license (if you have one).
  • List of schools to which you want to send the FAFSA. Starting this year, you can list up to 20! They’ll automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically, and use them to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive.
  • If applicable, other records of money earned, and records of the value of student and parents assets and investments (not including retirement funds).

In previous years, you would have needed your and your parents’ federal income tax returns for the “prior-prior” year. But now, federal tax information (FTI) will automatically populate in your FAFSA once you and your parent(s) have provided consent. One less thing to have to do!

Want to know more? Check out the Federal Student Aid YouTube channel for more info on the big changes to the FAFSA that make it easier and faster to fill out. Your school’s financial aid office will help you with any questions you have at any time in the process, so don’t hesitate to contact them as well.

Our Office of Financial Aid will work with you to ensure you have access to the resources you need to pay for college. Our goal is to make sure all qualified applicants can invest in an education here.

If you have any questions about financial aid, need help filling out the FAFSA or encounter special financial circumstances your family is experiencing, please call us at (804) 123-5678 or email us.

Don’t forget to list our FAFSA Code:  002502

More Financial Aid Resources

SBU Financial Aid Webinar

Bolivar Undergraduate Scholarship Information