FAFSA 2011-2012 Summary of Changes | 10.25.10

Posted in FAFSA, Financial Aid By Student Loan Network Staff

As many of you may know, the 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on January 1, 2011. In order to be prepared for this day, it is important that students, parents and financial aid officers become acquainted with the most recent changes.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) recently released their “Summary of Changes” for the 2011-2012 FAFSA. This document covers everything from changes in design to changes in the way questions are worded. Whether you are a student filing the FAFSA for the first time, or a seasoned financial aid professional, this information will help you approach this year’s FAFSA with the right information.

Summary of Changes, 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Colors – The colors are yellow for student information and purple for parent information

Elements added – New question #27 is added, for applicants who indicate they have earned a high school diploma. The question is worded as follows: What is the name of the high school where you received or will receive your high school diploma? Write in the high school name, and the city and state where the high school is located.

Elements deleted – Enrollment status questions (formerly, #30) has been removed.  The question about plans to become a teacher (a.k.a. the TEACH grant question, formerly #32) has been removed.

Other changes – State Deadlines have been updated on the FAFSA application.  The new deadlines will be available on FAFSAOnline.com on December 30, 2011.  Deadlines have changes this year for Kentucky, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  The post office box for mailing a FAFSA has been updated.

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