2024/2025 FAFSA Simplification


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2024/2025 FAFSA Simplification

The following links contain important information from Federal Student Aid.

New Enrollment Level Measurement

Beginning with the 2024-25 Academic Year the enrollment status used in previous years to calculate the financial aid award will not be based on measures of full-time, three quarter-time, half-time, or less than half-time. The financial aid enrollment status and financial aid award will be calculated using “Enrollment Intensity” measurements and the Student Aid Index (SAI).

Enrollment intensity is the percentage of full-time enrollment each semester in which a student is enrolled, rounded to the nearest whole percent, i.e., 12 credit hours or more represents full-time enrollment and an enrollment intensity of 100%. The Federal Pell Grant award will be calculated based on enrollment intensity percentage, rather than the “Old'' Enrollment Categories represented in the chart below. Enrollment Intensity is a representation of a student’s actual enrollment and Federal Pell Grant eligibility based on percent’s.

Credit Hours Enrollment Category
Enrollment Intensity
12 (or more) Full-Time 100%
11 Three-Quarter Time 92%
10 83%
9 75%
8 Half-Time 67%
7 58%
6 50%
5 Less-than-Half-Time 42%
4 33%
3 25%
2 17%
1 8%

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $7,395 for the 2024-25 award year. The award year is effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. 

The amount you are eligible for depends on the following criteria: 

  • Student Aid Index (SAI)
  • Cost of attendance (average of all allowable costs)
  • Enrollment status based on your enrollment intensity level, and 
  • Your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. 
  • You must be pursuing and enrolled in a degree or financial aid eligible certificate program

All persons required to provide information on your FAFSA are considered a “Contributor” The term “Contributor” refers to anyone filling out the FAFSA, you, your spouse, your biological or adoptive parent, or your parent’s spouse who are asked to provide their information. You and your contributors must provide consent in order to be eligible for financial aid. The consent and approval are to have the IRS transfer your federal tax information into the FAFSA form. Your contributors must provide consent and approval even if they don’t have a Social Security number (SSN), didn’t file a tax return, or filed a tax return outside the U.S. If you or your contributors don’t provide consent and approval, you won’t be eligible for federal student aid.

Note: Unless they’ve legally adopted you, your grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, siblings, and aunts and uncles aren’t considered contributors—even if they helped provide for or raise you.