The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) uses student and parent asset and income information to calculate an indicator of the student’s financial need for college. The FAFSA application is open now at

2024 FAFSA changes and delays

(updated February 13, 2024)

The new FAFSA application process is delayed for all U.S. colleges and universities. This means if you are an admitted student and plan to start college in Fall 2024, you won’t receive financial aid offers until late March or early April.

Uncertainty around FAFSA processing is a new and unsettling experience for many. Still, we are actively keeping an eye on things and are committed to updating and supporting you throughout this process.

FAFSA delays won’t impact your eligibility for financial aid at Calvin University.

What you can do

  1. Apply now for FAFSA

    Haven’t started your FAFSA application yet for the 2024–2025 school year? It’s not too late—start today!

    • Create your FSA ID
      A Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID—also known as account—is your login and password to sign into the FAFSA. It’s required for all contributors, including the student and one parent. Get your FSA ID now

    • Start your application at
      We recommend completing your application as soon as possible to receive your full financial aid offer as soon as possible.

    • Use Calvin’s FAFSA code: 002241
      When you submit the FAFSA, be sure to list Calvin University as one of your school choices so we receive your application for aid.

      Check out, Pro Tips for Filling Out the FAFSA

    If you’ve already submitted your FAFSA, no further action is needed. Federal Student Aid or our Calvin Financial Aid Office will communicate with you on any additional steps, as necessary.

  2. Visit campus and get an estimate of your financial aid offer

    Schedule a campus visit and get a detailed estimate from a financial aid counselor. Just visiting campus will qualify you for the $2,000 Visit Grant. It’s free money that will renew every year you attend Calvin (see the grant details).

  3. Can’t make it to campus?

    Use our Net Price Calculator to generate your Student Aid Index (SAI). Your SAI will be needed to produce an estimate of your expected aid for 2024–2025.

Timeline: What to expect

Once we receive your FAFSA data from Federal Student Aid, we will expedite the financial aid process. The timeline below may be adjusted if FAFSA data arrives later than expected.

  • Late February
    We’ll select and notify via email Named Scholarship recipients for the 2024–25 academic year. Adjustments will be made if FAFSA data arrives later than expected.

  • Mid–March (tentative)
    We expect Federal Student Aid to release FAFSA data to colleges. We will then resume the financial aid evaluation process.

  • Late March to early April (tentative)
    Expect to receive your Calvin financial aid package in the mail.

  • May 1
    Decision deadline. Submit your $300 enrollment deposit to secure your place at Calvin. Let us know if you need an extension.


Why did the FAFSA change?

As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress enacted the FAFSA Simplification Act. This is a transformative piece of legislation aiming to:

  • Simplify the application process.

  • Broaden federal aid program eligibility.

  • Eliminate barriers for certain students.

  • Enhance the overall user experience.

Traditionally available on October 1, the 2024 FAFSA didn’t open until January, due to the changes in the application process.

Some notable changes you’ll encounter on the updated FAFSA include:

  • Direct data sharing with the IRS (internal Revenue Service). Consent is required from all contributors (the student, parent, step-parent, or spouse providing information for the FAFSA).

  • Fewer questions on the form

  • A shift from the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) to the new Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation

  • More students in need will become eligible for Pell Grants

FAFSA and Financial Aid at Calvin

Our family webinar is packed with timely answers to parent FAFSA questions.

Questions about the FAFSA?

We are hard at work to process your financial aid and make sure Calvin remains an affordable choice. Your patience is invaluable, and we sincerely appreciate it.

Email us at if you have any questions or concerns—we’re here to help every step of the way. Thank you for considering Calvin University on your exciting educational journey!