2024-2025 FAFSA Form Now Available

The 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available. Prospective as well as current students and their families are encouraged to take advantage of this financial aid tool as it determines eligibility for financial assistance and serves as a gateway to federal, state, AND Elmira College financial aid.

The FAFSA can be completed online at studentaid.gov. EC’s federal school code is 002718. The site has been experiencing slowed response times so be patient while the site gets up and running to full capacity.

The FAFSA form is usually available in October but was delayed as the U.S. Department of Education changed the form to comply with the FAFSA Simplification Act. While some of these changes will hopefully make it easier for families to complete the form, it can still be an overwhelming process - even for those who have been through it before.

The delay makes it even more important for students and families to complete the FAFSA quickly so that Financial Aid Offices can give them the best options for financial aid. Given the changes, it’s important to use only trustworthy sources for information and help.

There are many reliable sources can help unpack the financial aid process, including the staff at the Elmira College Office of Financial Aid. They are eager to help answer your questions and walk you through the necessary steps.

Other reliable places include:

  • Studentaid.gov
    The home of federal student aid and the FAFSA form. There’s also a new Financial Aid Estimator Tool, which gives a first look at how much aid a student/family could be eligible for based on answers to a few quick questions.

  • Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel
    This channel is run by the division of the U.S. Department of Education that administers the FAFSA. It’s presented in bite-sized videos that make it easy to focus on specific areas of help.

  • Guidance Counselors/Community Based Organizations (CBOs)
    High school guidance and college counselors and non-profit Community Based Organizations are there to help navigate all aspects of college, from academics to social to finances. Be sure to check their event schedules, as many high schools and CBOs hold financial aid information nights regularly.

  • Trusted publications and websites
    Longstanding entities like the College Board, College Navigator, US News, and NACAC (the National Association of College Admissions Counselors) are known and trusted sources. It’s always a good idea to check multiple sources and to confirm anything with studentaid.gov and your college’s financial aid office.

Remember, any site or company that charges you money to file the FAFSA is a scam.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to EC’s Financial Aid Office (607-735-1728) with any questions about financial aid opportunities or forms!

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