2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

ICR 202303-1845-006

OMB: 1845-0001

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1845-0001 202303-1845-006
Received in OIRA 202202-1845-003
ED/FSA ED-2023-SCC-0053
2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 09/15/2023
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 08/31/2025
34,328,439 33,962,310
22,417,460 22,844,712
0 0

Section 483, of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), mandates that the Secretary of Education “…shall produce, distribute, and process free of charge common financial reporting forms as described in this subsection to be used for application and reapplication to determine the need and eligibility of a student for financial assistance...”. The determination of need and eligibility are for the following Title IV, HEA, federal student financial assistance programs: the Federal Pell Grant Program; the Campus-Based programs (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS)); the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program; the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant; the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship and the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Federal Student Aid (FSA), an office of the U.S. Department of Education (hereafter “the Department”), subsequently developed an application process to collect and process the data necessary to determine a student’s eligibility to receive Title IV, HEA program assistance. The application process involves an applicant’s submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). This is a request for revisions of a current information collection, and important changes to the FAFSA form are described separately in the 2024-2025 Summary of Enhancements document.

US Code: 20 USC 1090 Name of Law: Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended
US Code: 20 USC 1090 Name of Law: Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended

Not associated with rulemaking

  88 FR 17560 03/23/2023
88 FR 63558 09/15/2023

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 34,328,439 33,962,310 0 0 366,129 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 22,417,460 22,844,712 -427,252 0 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
The Department adjusted the data set used to calculate the burden projections. For 2024-2025 estimates, we utilized the 2021-2022 application cycle results, which offered a complete data set, to forecast individual burden. The Department believes this more accurately reflects and depicts our respondent universe. The Department is projecting a burden decrease of 427,252 hours. The burden decrease is attributed to the implementation of statutory changes in the FAFSA Simplification Act and Future Act provisions which allows the department to provide an enhanced and optimized FAFSA experience. With the IRS direct data exchange, the department is able to directly transfer the FAFSA contributor’s federal tax information, with their express permission, into the application and eliminated the need for the user to link, authenticate and transfer their tax information from the IRS web site using the IRS Data Retrieval tool process.

Beth Grebeldinger 202 708-8242


On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.

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