FAFSA state deadlines are fast approaching

“It’s a new year, and start 2019 by making a resolution to get students the money they need for college.”  Source

Since the 2019–20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form was launched on Oct. 1, more than four million students have submitted their FAFSA forms. With state deadlines right around the corner, it is important to apply in order to be eligible to receive state financial aid. Applicants can view their state FAFSA® deadline here.

For more information about Federal Student Aid and access to the FAFSA® form, click here

Federal Student Aid News

The Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) announced a single, standardized date — October 31 annually — for TEACH Grant recipients to certify they are meeting their service requirement.  It also announced that a process for teachers to request reconsideration of TEACH Grants converted to Direct Loans will be available no later than January 31, 2019.  This effort could cancel the student loan debt of thousands of teachers. 

Additionally, FSA launched the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool to assist borrowers in better understanding the program, assessing whether their employer and loans qualify, and determining which form to submit.

FSA is not directly impacted by the current lapse in appropriations and the resulting partial government shutdown.  Some of FSA’s systems and processes depend on information from — and actions taken by — other federal agencies, a number of which are currently closed.  FSA is evaluating what impact these closures may have on the office, including the impact on database matches conducted by the Central Processing System, and is working to limit the impact on its partners.  FSA will issue guidance, as needed, as soon as possible (updates: here and here).  In the meantime, offices are open, and all of FSA’s processors, contract centers, and web sites remain operational.

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