FAFSA Changes Ahead: What to Know about the FAFSA Simplification Act
On December 27th, 2020, the FAFSA Simplification Act was passed as a part of the larger Consolidated Appropriations Act. The new legislation included several changes to the financial aid process and the FAFSA form. Parents who have had to fill out the FAFSA form in the past understand how overwhelming it could be, as the old form had 108 different questions and was 8 pages in length. To help decrease the instances of families choosing to just skip filling out the FAFSA altogether, legislators worked to streamline the form and, in the process of doing so, made several other notable changes to federal student aid determination.