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Published: Nov 09, 2023 8 min read
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Millions of students, parents and financial aid workers want to know: WTF — where’s the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka the FAFSA, is getting a major facelift, but the new form’s release has been pushed back to an unknown date. Typically released each year in October, the FAFSA is a vital form that roughly 20 million students fill out annually to see if they qualify for aid for higher education, such as grants, scholarships and student loans.

“Not knowing the date is certainly problematic because it keeps everybody from being able to plan,” says Jon Fansmith, a senior vice president at the nonprofit American Council on Education (ACE).

For students, a delayed FAFSA potentially affects “not just where you can afford to go to college, but whether you can afford to go to college,” Fansmith adds.

Last month, a dozen major higher education associations — including ACE — wrote a letter to the Education Department pressing for more details.

“We are not requesting that the form be released on an accelerated timeline,” the Oct. 13 letter states, “[but] the continued lack of a public release date compromises our members’ ability to do all they can to support a smooth rollout.”

Signatories told Money that the Department of Education has not responded to, or even acknowledged, the letter.