2024-2025 Important FAFSA Updates
What isn't changing?
While the FAFSA is receiving an update and the aid eligibility calculation has been revised, there are a number of aid-related matters that will not change:
- The general types of aid available to Widener students and federal student loan limits will not change.
- The FAFSA will still be required for consideration of federal and state financial aid every year.
- Dependency status questions that determine if your parent(s) must complete the FAFSA will remain the same.
- The FAFSA will still request tax information from the prior-prior year, which means you'll report 2022 income and assets on your 2024-25 application.
- The questions regarding an applicant's gender, race, and ethnicity will have no effect on federal student aid eligibility and are included for statistical purposes and data collection only. In fact, WU won't even receive this data from the FAFSA.
When should I submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA?
New students who plan to begin classes at Widener in the fall of 2024 should complete the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available in December. Returning Widener students should complete the FAFSA no later than March 15th.
Widener's Office of Financial Aid Services is dedicated to providing timely updates to students, families, and our community. Due to the significant amount of changes that are occurring, portions of our website may not yet be 100% accurate for the 2024-2025 academic year. We'll continue to update this page as we receive more information from the Department of Education and Federal Student Aid, and appreciate your patience as we work to implement the changes brought by the FAFSA Simplification Act.