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FAFSA to make changes

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The Federal Application for Federal Student Aid is making changes for the 2024-25 school year. The form for that year will not be accessible until December, a later date than usual.

The application, which usually has 108 questions, is being shortened to only 36 questions. Additionally, there will also be changes to who is applicable for aid and how much aid will be allotted. 

“It is going to be significantly different,”Alabama Commission on Higher Education Executive Director Jim Purcell said at a board meeting. “The new formula emphasizes wealth instead of cash flow.”

With the new application, family farms and businesses will be included in the aid amount. There will be less aid allotted for those who only had income considered before. The number of children a family has enrolled in a college or university no longer factors into aid amounts, either.

FAFSA is used for many outside loan and aid calculations, not just federal aid, so the application may help those who do not qualify for federal aid. 

The form is also being opened to those who were not allowed to fill it out before, or who had roadblocks preventing more aid.

“Lower-income students will be eligible for more aid and funding,” Purcell said. “Incarcerated students and students who have been convicted of drug offenses can now be eligible.”

In 2021, the Alabama Board of Education required graduating high school seniors to fill out FAFSA. Parents can opt out of the application, so the requirement is never fully met, but the percentage of students who filled out the form increased.

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Emma Tanner, Editor-in-Chief
Emma is Editor-in-Chief of the Flor-Ala. She is a senior from Killen, Ala. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in journalism and digital media. She was previously Managing Editor for the spring 2023 semester. She also served as News Editor from Jan. 2022 to Dec. 2022. She was previously a volunteer writer. Her favorite topics to cover are profiles and local news. Tanner has written since her childhood and grew a passion for journalism during high school. Aside from working on the Flor-Ala, she was also a research assistant for a psychological study at UNA and served as CASE ambassador president for the Fall 2022 semester.

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