On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) released new data that shows more than 3.1 million Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) forms have been successfully submitted since the 2024-25 redesigned application went live on December 30, 2023. The new data comes a little more than three weeks after the USDE announced more than one million FAFSA forms had been submitted and the form’s 24/7 accessibility.
The announcement also affirmed that colleges, universities, and other participating postseconday institutions will not receive information from students who completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) until the first half of March. The delay shortens the amount of time postsecondary schools have to make financial aid offers. The process is already three months behind schedule.
The delay was to provide the USDE time to develop a new, simplified form. To view the USDE press release, click here.