FAFSA Launch Delayed Until December

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA® usually opens on October 1st every year. However, the 2024-25 form will include many changes from previous versions and therefore will not be available until December. Below is the latest announcement from the USDOE website-

Launch of the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form

There are major changes and improvements coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. As a result, the new form will be available in December 2023, not Oct. 1.

The launch date will apply only for the 2024–25 FAFSA form.

The changes to the FAFSA form for the 2024–25 aid year include

  • expanded eligibility for federal student aid and
  • a more streamlined application process.

Stay Informed

Stay informed about the changes and receive up-to-date notifications and information:

  • Did you fill out a FAFSA form for 2023–24? Log in to your StudentAid.gov account and be sure we’ve got your current email address. Once the exact FAFSA launch date is announced, we expect to send out an email to students (and parents of dependent students) who applied on the 2023–24 form, reminding them to apply for 2024–25.
  • Didn’t submit a 2023–24 FAFSA form? Make sure to create your StudentAid.gov account—and remember your username and password so you can access and submit the 2024–25 FAFSA form when it is available.