FAFSA Fears? We’re Here to Help!


A Guide to the 24/25 Issues

Hey there, future students! Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be stressful enough, but this year, some of you might be facing extra hurdles. Let’s talk about the reported glitches with the 24/25 FAFSA and how to navigate them smoothly.

What’s the Problem?

The Department of Education (DOE) launched the 2024-25 FAFSA with some technical hiccups. Here are the two main issues students (or parents) might encounter:

  1. Individuals Without Social Security Numbers (SSNs): If you or a parent helping you doesn’t have an SSN, you might have trouble entering your financial information or even starting the application.
  2. Married Students or Parents: If you’re married and don’t provide your spouse’s information initially, you might not be able to complete and submit the form when you try to go back and add it later.

Don’t Panic! Here’s What You Can Do:

  • The DOE is Fixing It: The good news is the DOE is aware of these issues and is working on solutions. Previous issues that have been fixed include allowing parents without SSNs to contribute to a student’s application that was started by someone else.
  • Keep Checking for Updates: Stay informed! The Federal Student Aid website (https://studentaid.gov/) is a reliable source for updates and troubleshooting tips.
  • Contact for Help: If you encounter problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Federal Student Aid customer service team at 1-800-433-3232.

Remember, These Still Work!

Even with some glitches, most FAFSA applications are processing normally. Here are some things that still work perfectly:

  • Filling Out the Form Online: The online application at studentaid.gov is still the most efficient way to complete and submit your FAFSA.
  • Getting Help Online: The Federal Student Aid website has a wealth of resources, including tutorials, FAQs, and a help center to guide you through the process.

Don’t Panic, Submit Your Application!

While these glitches might be frustrating, don’t let them discourage you from applying for financial aid. Applying for financial aid is crucial for many students. Don’t let these temporary glitches discourage you. Resources are available to help you navigate the process. By staying informed and seeking assistance when needed, you can ensure a smooth application experience.

Start, complete or update your FAFSA Application

Check out this video playlist to find answers to common questions to help you get ready for the 2024–25 FAFSA form.