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Updates on the Simplified FAFSA

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The Department of Education has significantly simplified the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  The benefit to families is that it will take less time to apply for financial aid! 

In 2020, the FAFSA Simplification Act was enacted into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The FAFSA Simplification Act represents a significant overhaul of federal student aid, including the FAFSA form, need analysis and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in the Title IV programs.

As a result of the new, simplified FAFSA, The Department of Education has encountered delays in the rollout process. Roberts Wesleyan University is closely following the changes to the simplified FAFSA and is committed to keeping you updated as guidance from the Department of Education is released.

Here is what you need to know at this point:

  • Universities will start receiving FAFSA data from the Department of Education in March 2024 (this was delayed from January 2024)
  • Student Aid Reports (SAR) will not be sent to students until March 2024
  • The Office of Student Financial Services at Roberts will begin sending out Financial Aid Offers in the beginning of April 2024, as long as there are no further delays from the Department of Education.

Is the FAFSA available?

The 2024-2025 FAFSA was made available on Dec. 31, 2023.

Estimating Your Aid

If would like to estimate your aid offerings prior to receiving an official award letter in April, please follow these steps:

  1. Access your SAI. This is done when you complete the FAFSA. If you have not completed the FAFSA, you can also get an SAI estimate by completing the SAI Simulator through the Department of Education
  2. Use your SAI information to complete RWU’s Net Price Calculator

Do you need help with your FAFSA?

As you complete the FAFSA for the 24-25 academic year, you may experience some challenges. Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Financial Services for help.

(585) 594-6150

Why should you submit a FAFSA?

  • Opportunity to receive federal student aid (Pell up $7,395 and student loans)
  • Opportunity to receive TAP (state grant for NYS residents)
  • Opportunity to receive Roberts need-based awards including our Pillar Scholarships (amounts will vary)
    • Anchored in Faith Grant
    • Courageous Character Grant
    • Flourishing Communities Grant
    • Ready To Lead Grant
  • Opportunity to qualify for Roberts New York Promise - the Roberts’ Free Tuition Award to NYS students with high need

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