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Office of Student Financial Aid

New Changes to Financial Aid


Federal & Texas Financial Aid Applications

Several financial aid changes for the upcoming 2024-2025 aid year will impact both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA). Texas A&M University-Kingsville remains committed to offering high-quality, affordable education to our students. Continue to monitor this webpage for more information as it becomes available.

What’s changing?

Available in December

The 2024-25 FAFSA will be available in December, instead of Oct. 1.

With the significant changes to the application and FAFSA processing systems, the federal government needs additional time to open the application to students. We will update this page as we learn the exact date of availability. 

We encourage students to file the FAFSA as soon as it's available in December — admitted students who file the FAFSA will be prioritized as we create personalized financial aid offers. Due to changes to the FAFSA, our goal is to begin sending financial aid offers to admitted first-year students in late February.

 

Simplified Application

The new FAFSA will ask fewer questions (the maximum number of questions has been reduced from 108 to 46), and tax information will be automatically imported through the IRS Direct Data Exchange (DDX). This means you won’t have to look up information like ‘adjusted gross income’ and can easily submit the FAFSA by giving consent for the FAFSA to use data you’ve already reported to the IRS.

 

Expanded Pell Grant Eligibility

The income thresholds used to determine Pell Grant eligibility have been expanded, allowing more students from moderate-income families to qualify for the grant. Current TAMUK students should file the FAFSA each year; some may find that they are eligible for additional aid due to this change.

 

Student Aid Index (SAI) Replaces the Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

This change better represents that this is an eligibility index for awarding financial aid, not a reflection of what a family can or will pay for a college education. However, this is more than a name change — the calculation itself is also being updated in the following ways:

  • The Income Protection Allowance (IPA) will increase. The IPA protects a portion of income and assets (to cover basic living expenses) from being considered in the formula to determine the SAI.
  • The number of family members in college won’t be considered in the SAI. In the past, if multiple family members were enrolled in college, the EFC was split between them, increasing aid eligibility.
  • Family farms and small businesses will be considered. Families will now be required to report the net worth of their farms or businesses, and this can influence the SAI.

 

Family Definitions

A student’s ‘Family Size’ will come directly from tax information and can be updated with current family size information when the FAFSA is filed.

In the case of divorced or separated parents, the FAFSA should be completed by the parent who provides the greater portion of the student’s financial support. In cases where both parents provide equal financial support, the parent with higher income should be listed on the FAFSA. Previously it was completed by the parent who held primary residence for the student.

What's Not Changing?

Demographic Information

FAFSA questions about the applicant’s gender, race and ethnicity have no effect on federal student aid eligibility and remain only for statistical purposes. This information is not shared with universities.

 

Prior-Prior Year Tax Information

The FAFSA will request tax information from the prior-prior year. For example, the 2024-2025 FAFSA will request tax information from the 2022 tax year.

 

Federal Student Loans Available

Students will be eligible for federal student loans assuming they complete the FAFSA and are not in default on any previous student loans.

 

Future Open Date

After the 2024-25 FAFSA, the opening date will return to October 1 for the 2025-26 FAFSA and beyond.

 

File Each Year

The FAFSA remains an annual application that students must complete each year to remain eligible for financial aid.

How does this impact our students?

Important dates are listed below, but are subject to change.

FAFSA Opens

December 2023*

TASFA Opens

TBD

Financial Aid State Priority Deadline

March 15*

General Scholarship Priority Deadline

March 1*

*Subject to change. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our Financial Aid team will be hosting several on campus (TAMUK) workshops for new and continuing students.

Continuing students, please keep checking back as events will be added!

The FAFSA is expected to open in December 2023. As soon as we have an opening date, we’ll update this page.

We do not know when the TASFA will be available. We’ll update this page once we know an official date.

Currently, the state financial aid priority deadline will remain March 15. We’ll update this page if anything changes.

The General Scholarship priority deadline will remain March 1. We’ll update this page if anything changes.

Contributors will include student, parent(s) (if student is dependent) and a spouse (if the student is independent and filed separate tax returns).  Students will provide information through the FAFSA application to contact appropriate other roles if needed.  

Students, parents, or spouses should request their FSA ID in advance of starting the FAFSA application.  

You can create or manage a FSA UserID and Password by visiting: Log In | Federal Student Aid