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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.

The new form is now available through a soft launch period!

Latest Updates from FSA

February 21, 2024
ED Announces Resolution for FAFSA Contributors Without SSNs Coming in ‘First Half’ of March

The Department of Education (ED) on Tuesday announced that it would resolve a 2024-25 FAFSA issue that is preventing submission when a contributor  (parent)  does not have a Social Security Number (SSN), in the “first half” of March.

ED urged applicants to wait for the permanent fix, if possible. ED instructs those applicants to check  the FAFSA form  in the first half of March, at which time students and their contributors  should be able to  provide their consent and signature.

What this means for you:

  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville does not have a FAFSA deadline and students will receive all the financial aid they are eligible for. If a contributor is unable to create a FSA UserID and password, we encourage students to attempt to submit the form electronically once the issue is resolved in March. There is still time to submit your FAFSA application. Continue to monitor your student email and this webpage for the latest developments.
February 12, 2024

The Department of Education announced steps to help colleges process student records faster and more efficiently. This includes:

  • Significantly reducing verification requirements. This year, the Department will be significantly reducing verification requirements, while continuing key measures focused on avoiding identity fraud. In past years, the Department selected a much larger portion of FAFSA applicants for colleges to verify. More recently, the Department has gradually reduced that verification rate to more effectively target verification efforts while alleviating burdens for millions of students and thousands of schools. With the implementation of the direct data exchange with the IRS, made possible by this year’s overhauled FAFSA form, the Department is receiving the vast majority of income data directly from the IRS, which would not need to be further verified. This year’s significant reduction in verifications will reduce the burden for colleges and students while continuing to protect against fraud.
  • Suspending new routine program reviews. As part of its oversight duties, the Department routinely conducts program reviews to confirm a college meets the Department’s requirements for institutional eligibility, financial responsibility, and administrative capability. The Department will suspend all new program reviews through June 2024, except for those related to the most serious issues like suspected fraud or a severe breach of fiduciary duty. Institutions with an ongoing program review can also request extensions for responses to program reviews, reports, or requests for additional documentation. This flexibility will reduce the time that colleges’ financial aid offices need to devote to producing documentation and responding to Department inquiries during the time they need to focus on quickly getting aid award offers to students.
  • Providing additional flexibility on recertification. Institutions are currently required to routinely recertify eligibility for the Department’s federal student aid programs no later than 90 days before their Program Participation Agreement (PPA) expires. The Department will waive that 90-day requirement for schools whose PPA expires in March, June, or September 2024, meaning these schools have until their expiration day to submit a recertification application. Providing this flexibility will give time back to institutions at a critical moment and enable them to focus their resources on getting students the aid they need.

What this means for you:

  • Once Texas A&M-Kingsville receives the necessary FAFSA data from DOE, a student may be selected for verification. We have partnered with Pro-Ed to help streamline this process. Students are encouraged to continue to monitor their student accounts for messaging regarding additional documents that may need to be submitted.
January 30, 2024

The Department of Education will begin transmitting batches of FAFSA information—known as the Institutional Student Information Record or ISIR—to institutions in the first half of March. Students will also be able to make corrections to their forms starting during the first half of March.

What this means for you:

  • Once Texas A&M-Kingsville receives the necessary FAFSA data from DOE, we will assess your financial aid eligibility and create a personalized financial aid offer as soon as possible.
  • These ISIRs will contain the updated Student Aid Index (SAI) tables, ensuring that your financial aid offer is accurately calculated and reflects the most current available information. 

Post-Processing Experience for Students

  • Students will receive an email informing them that their FAFSA form has been fully processed and their FAFSA information will be sent to the schools they listed on their form.
  • Students who applied using the online FAFSA form will receive an email that they can access their FAFSA Submission Summary by logging in to StudentAid.gov using their account username and password.
  • The Department will send an email reminder to previous FAFSA applicants who have not yet submitted a 2024-25 FAFSA form.
  • Students will be able to make corrections to their FAFSA once they eligibility has been calculated and ISIR generated. Students may view their eligibility calculation by logging back into their StudentAid.gov account.

Students who have a parent or spouse (contributor) without a valid social security number are currently unable to complete the 2024-25 FAFSA. DOE is working on an enhancement that will verify the individual’s identity so they can electronically sign the FAFSA form. We are actively monitoring updates and developments from DOE and will make an announcement as soon as this enhancement has been fully implemented. 

Read the full January 30 Press Release
December 31, 2023

The 2024–2025 FAFSA went live. The form has been launched online periodically. FSA will still be treating the period as a soft launch to allow the opportunity to monitor and respond to any potential issues.

  • You may experience delays that impact accessing the FAFSA during December and January.
  • Although you may be able to complete the form, FSA will not transmit your FAFSA to any institution until late January.
  • Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email noting your submission date, estimated Student Aid Index (SAI), and estimated Federal Pell Grant eligibility.
December 15, 2023

Students and families will be able to submit the 2024–2025 FAFSA form online by December 31. FSA will be treating the period leading up to and following December 31 as a soft launch period to allow an opportunity to monitor and respond to any potential issues.

  • You may experience delays that impact accessing the FAFSA during December and January.
  • Although you may be able to complete the form, FSA will not transmit your FAFSA to any institution until late January.
  • Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email noting your submission date, estimated Student Aid Index (SAI), and estimated Federal Pell Grant eligibility.

What is changing?

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 early May.

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.

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.

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.

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 is not changing?

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.

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.

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

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

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 listed below are subject to change *

FAFSA Opens

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TASFA Opens

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Financial Aid State Priority Deadline

April 15*  Updated

General Scholarship Priority Deadline

March 1

FAFSA Processing of Applications Begin

Mid March 2024*

Notification to Students of any Additional Requirements Needed

Late March 2024*

Freshman and Transfer Award Offer Notification

May 2024*

Continuing Students Award Offer Notification

June 2024

Submit Outstanding Requirements to Receive Fall Aid Offer by Payment Deadline

July 1, 2024

Want to take a look into the future? Use the 2024-2025 Federal Student Aid Estimator today

**This estimate is based on the information provided and is not a submission of the 2024-2025 FAFSA application.

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