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 studentaid.gov.

2024-25 FAFSA Status Update

(updated March 26, 2024)

Calvin recently began receiving FAFSA data from the US Department of Education. We are currently testing and validating data and hope to begin sending award notifications to high school seniors in late March to early April. Students will receive both an electronic notification and a physical copy of their awards.

Unfortunately, neither you (student or parent) nor Calvin is able to make any edits or corrections to any 24-25 FAFSA data at this time. We have been told this functionality will be available by mid-April.

As we have previously stated, processing delays will not impact your eligibility for FAFSA related aid at Calvin, presuming you still meet all other eligibility requirements. If you have not yet begun the process, we encourage you to follow the steps below to submit a 24-25 FAFSA form.

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 StudentAid.gov 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 studentaid.gov
      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 our 14 Tips for Completing 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?

    To assist you in determining potential need-based aid, Calvin is encouraging the use of the Federal Student Aid Estimator.

    When you complete the process and have received your Student Aid Index (SAI) please feel free to email that information to finaid@calvin.edu along with the name of your student and we will attempt to provide an estimate as soon as possible.

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 March (tentative)
    Calvin is currently processing FAFSA data as quickly as possible. If no additional information is needed from you or your parents, we hope to have your award notification to you within a week of receiving your FAFSA data.

    If additional information is needed to complete your FAFSA processing, you will receive an email from Calvin with instructions referring you back to the FAFSA webpage. Unfortunately, you are not currently able to make any edits to your FAFSA. By mid-April that should be available to you. If you would like an estimate of your 24–25 total aid, please reach out to us finaid@calvin.edu and we’ll gladly provide one for you.

  • May 1
    Decision day. Submit your $300 enrollment deposit to secure your place at Calvin. This will allow you to get a jump on the next steps in your enrollment journey such as housing preferences, academic advising, and selection of orientation day. Extensions are granted on a limited basis. Let us know if you would like 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 processing your financial aid to make sure Calvin remains an affordable choice. Your patience is invaluable, and we sincerely appreciate it.

Email us at finaid@calvin.edu 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!