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Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in applying for federal student aid. Most states and schools also use the results of your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for state and institutional scholarships and grant programs. You must file the FAFSA annually to apply for:

  • Federal grants
  • Federal student loans
  • Federal parent loans
  • Work (Federal Work-Study)

Wright State University has a FAFSA priority deadline. This deadline is for campus-based aid programs, such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and Federal Work-Study. If you miss Wright State University's FAFSA priority deadline date you can still apply for federal student aid. Three of the largest federal student aid programs, the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans, and the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan can still be awarded at Wright State if the FAFSA priority deadline date is not met.

Need help completing the FAFSA? Register online for a virtual Financial Aid 101 workshop or a virtual one-on-one appointment. You can also call Enrollment Services at 937-775-4000 or email to schedule an appointment.


What is FAFSA?



2024-25 FAFSA

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has launched the overhauled 2024-25 FAFSA. We will keep you up to date as we receive additional information from the Department of Education (ED), including how their changes impact Wright State University’s financial aid timeline

Due to delays in the release and processing of the 2024-25 FAFSA, Wright State University has extended the priority deadline to March 1, 2024. We will continue to update this page as we receive additional information from ED.  

ED is sending schools completed 2024-25 FAFSA forms within 3-5 business days. You can view the status of your FAFSA on your dashboard. You can also check to see if Wright State has received your FAFSA in your WINGS financial aid dashboard. 

ED announced that the ability for students to make updates and corrections to their FAFSA is available at ED has provided detailed information to students and families on how to correct the most common FAFSA form errors and missing signatures.


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is revising the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to make it easier for students and families to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA Simplification Act paves the way to a more streamlined financial aid application and represents a significant overhaul of the process used to award federal aid. Students applying for financial aid for the 2024–25 academic year will be able to take advantage of the revised FAFSA process.

What’s staying the same on the new FAFSA?

Some things will not be changing as part of the FAFSA simplification process including the need for prior-prior year tax information (meaning information from tax returns from two years prior), who is considered a dependent student, basic student eligibility requirements, and types of aid awarded through the FAFSA.

What’s changing with the new FAFSA?

Fewer questions to complete

The new FAFSA will be a modernized user experience from beginning to end, cutting the questions in half and making it a more efficient and intuitive process.

Consenting to a direct data exchange (DDX) with the IRS will be required

Through this role-based application, the FUTURE Act requires a direct data exchange from the IRS. The new Direct Data Exchange (DDX) replaces the current IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT). It will streamline the FAFSA filing process by importing information directly from the IRS, including information for non-tax filers and families who are married and filed taxes separately. Contributors will need to provide consent to the DDX data exchange for the student to be eligible for federal, state, or institutional need-based financial aid. Contributors are the student, parent(s) of a dependent student, and spouse of an independent student (if married). Providing consent and personal and financial information doesn’t make a contributor financially responsible for the student’s educational costs. For more information on contributors and who will need an FSA ID, see the “Determine Who Will Need to Contribute to your FAFSA" section below.

The required parent information could change.

For dependent students with separated parents, the parent providing the most financial support must be included on the new FAFSA. For many students, this will align with the previous requirement of including the custodial parent.

Replacing the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) with the Student Aid Index (SAI).

The term Expected Family Contribution (EFC) has been confusing for some families as it implies that it is the amount of money a family will need to pay for college rather than an index number to determine financial need. The hope is that the new Student Aid Index (SAI) will clarify that the number is an index number used by colleges to assess financial need.

A revised formula will be used to calculate the SAI

In addition to changing the name, the formula used to calculate the SAI has also changed.

  • The SAI can be a negative number that will be treated like zero when determining aid eligibility. It can show varying levels of need and goes as low as -$1,500.
  • There will be an increased Income Protection Allowance (IPA). The IPA is income that doesn't count towards your ability to pay for college.
  • The number of family members in college will no longer be taken into consideration for federal student aid.
  • Pell grants will be determined using either the Student Aid Index (SAI) or the family’s income and family size.
  • Household size is now referred to as family size and is based on the number of dependents claimed on taxes. There will be an opportunity to update this information when completing the FAFSA if this number does not reflect the true family size.
  • The SAI no longer includes some untaxed income that does not appear on the IRS 1040, 1040-SR, or 1040-NR. This income includes untaxed payments to tax-deferred pension and retirement savings plans represented by IRS Form W-2 box 12 codes D. E. F.G.H. and S; housing, food, and other living allowances paid to members of the military, clergy, and other veterans’ benefits; workman’s compensation; or cash support or any money paid on the student’s behalf, except funds provided by the student’s parents to the dependent student. Child support received will now be included in assets.
  • The value of farms or businesses will need to be reported.

Expanded and more transparent Pell Grant eligibility

Pell eligibility can be projected based on adjusted gross income and family size. Students can use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to estimate how much federal student aid they may be eligible for starting with the 2024-25 award year, including Pell Grant eligibility.

What can you do to prepare for the 2024–25 FAFSA?

We will communicate with students via their Wright State University email address as information is available. Before you begin the FAFSA, we recommend you determine who will need to contribute information to the FAFSA, and therefore may need an FSA ID. We also encourage you to gather information and documents you will need to file the FAFSA.

determine Who will need to contribute to your FAFSA

A Contributor is a new term and refers to anyone who is required to provide information, consent and approval, and a signature on the FAFSA form. Contributors are determined by your dependency status, tax filing status, and marital status. Contributors may include the student, student’s spouse, biological or adoptive parent(s), or step-parent. Please keep in mind that providing consent or providing personal and financial information doesn’t make a contributor financially responsible for the student’s educational costs. If you have questions about who would be a contributor to your unique situation, please contact RaiderConnect.

    contributors must request or Update an FSA ID

    The FSA ID is a username and password needed in order to contribute to the FAFSA. Please note, that anyone who needs an FSA ID will need to have a valid email address. If you or someone who needs to contribute to your FAFSA already has an FSA ID, make sure the information is current including legal name, date of birth, and email and home address. Parents, if you previously created an FSA ID when you were a student or for another child, you don’t need to create another one. You can only have one FSA ID linked to your Social Security number. If you forgot your FSA ID username and password, you can retrieve the information on the website by clicking “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password”.

    Contributors requesting or updating an FSA ID will want to wait until they receive an email from the Department of Education stating their identity has been verified and that they can use their account before beginning their portion of the FAFSA. 

    gather Useful Information and documents to have on hand when completing the FAFSA

    Contributors may need the following documents when completing the 2024–25 FAFSA:

    • Social Security Number (SSN), legal name, date of birth, and email addresses of each contributor
    • 2022 income tax returns
    • Records of child support received
    • Current balances of cash, savings, and checking accounts
    • Net worth of investments, businesses, and farms

    view additional resources

    The Department of Education has released a series of videos that cover preparing for the FAFSA form along with FAFSA FAQs. Still have questions? Contact Enrollment Services by calling 937-775-4000 or by sending an email to

    Applying for Financial Aid With the FAFSA® Form
    Understand and Prepare FAFSA® Form Contributors
    Create and Access Your Account
    Gather Information Required To Complete the FAFSA® Form


    How to Make a Correction

    After you file your FAFSA, you can log back into and make additional changes or corrections to the data you entered. Common corrections include:

    • Adding a school
    • Using the FAFSA IRS Data Retrieval Tool to update tax information
    • Manually updating tax information

    Click here for more information on how to correct your FAFSA.

    Federal Student Aid Contact Information

    Federal Student Aid Information Center
    Phone: 319-337-5665
    Toll-Free: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
    If you are hearing impaired and have questions, please contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

    Federal Student Aid Estimator

    Before you complete the FAFSA form, the Federal Student Aid Estimator can help you understand your options to pay for college by providing an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. Most people complete the Federal Student Aid Estimator in 5-10 minutes. You will want to have your federal tax information or tax returns for the student (and spouse if married) and parents for a dependent student. You will also want to have information on savings, investments, and assets for student and parents, if applicable.