Education Department Announces Progress on FAFSA Improvements

Secretary says technical updates will not impact implementation timelines.

The U.S. Department of Education provided updates on the progress of the 2024–25 Better FAFSA implementation, emphasizing a commitment to expanding access to higher education. The updates will increase Pell Grant eligibility for over 7 million students under the FAFSA Simplification Act.

“We are… using every lever we have to make sure we can achieve the transformational potential of the Better FAFSA to make higher education possible for many more of our nation’s students,” said Secretary Cardona. “The technical updates we are making today will not impact our implementation timelines, and, combined with other implementation efforts, the Department’s Better FAFSA will result in more students eligible to access more Pell Grants in the 2024–25 award year.”

The department plans to collaborate with colleges and allocate $50 million for technical assistance to help institutions efficiently process student records. Support from the Federal Student Aid office and nonprofits will target lower-resourced colleges, conducting needs assessments and providing tailored assistance.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Cardona to be prudent as he facilitates the FAFSA improvements.
  • For Education Department officials as they seek to support institutions with technical assistance.

Sources: Department of Education


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