Changes to the 2013-2014 FAFSA | 01.04.13
It’s January, and that means FAFSA season is underway! Students can now file their FAFSAs for the 2013-2014 academic year. As you prepare to file, we wanted to make sure that you have all the information at your fingertips, so read on to learn about some of the changes and enhancements that were made to the FAFSA form this year.
To stay in line with program changes, references to food stamps have been altered to say Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Additionally, explanatory text regarding this name change has been removed from questions 74-78 and 95-99.
High School Information
Starting this year, if you answer “High School Diploma” to the high school completion status question, you are now required to complete the subsequent questions about the name, city, and state of your school. This change is intended to better-ensure applicant eligibility.
Different parts of the FAFSA application process have been updated to better tell you what the next steps are after completing your application. You can expect better messaging on your completion page, as well as email notifications going forward.
If you select the “Will File” tax option, you’ll now see better instructions on how to estimate your income information.
Data Retrieval Tool
Like last year, this year’s form comes with enhancements to the IRS Data Retrieval Process. Instructions and questions have been redesigned to encourage you to use the tool. The tool becomes available on February 3, 2013.
The FAFSA on the Web system now supports a wider variety of browsers so you shouldn’t see the old “unsupported browser” message in most cases. Additionally, you now have the option to live chat a representative for help filing the form.
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