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2024-25 FAFSA is now open

The US Department of Education has begun processing 24-25 FAFSA submissions. As they work through all the applications received, the Department of Education will send a notice to the student’s email used on the FAFSA. We anticipate we will begin packaging financial aid sometime in May 2024, to admitted students with a completed 24-25 FAFSA. Please watch your UWO email account.

What is FAFSA simplification?

The FAFSA Simplification Act is a significant overhaul of federal student aid, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, need analysis, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in the Title IV programs.

What do students need before filling out the FAFSA?

6 Things Students need before they fill out the 2024-25 FAFSA Form


Anyone who is required to add information to a FAFSA application is considered a contributor.  For dependent students, this would include a parent (or both), and for independent students, this may include a spouse.  Each contributor will be required to have a FSA ID, and consent to sharing their information on the FAFSA.
Federal Student AID Account Set Up

Manual entry of taxes will be a thing of the past! Any person contributing to or completing the FAFSA must now consent to use the IRS Direct Data Exchange which will pull IRS data directly into the FAFSA. Consent is a requirement, and those who do not consent will be ineligible for Federal aid.

The Student Aid Index (SAI) is a number calculated upon completion of the FAFSA. This is replacing the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). An SAI, like an EFC, is used in determining eligibility for federal and state aid. It is anticipated that additional students will qualify for Pell grants due to this change.

Federal Student Aid Estimator

Students requesting a review or appeal of dependency status will now appeal their unusual circumstances. This can include any factor that impacts the ability to provide parent (or contributor) information. Students experiencing unusual circumstances should contact financial aid after filing the FAFSA to discuss any required materials.




I filled out my FAFSA and it still says "Processing". What should I do?

Your FAFSA is submitted, but the Department of Education is still working on formulas behind the scenes. You do not need to do anything else. It will update to ‘submitted’ once those formula changes have been made

When should I anticipate hearing from Financial Aid about my Federal aid eligibility?

Our goal is to have aid offers out in May. This date may change depending on when FAFSA information is sent to schools for processing. 

My parents are divorced and they both provide 50/50 support, who is the contributor?

Provide information about the parent who provided more financial support during the last 12 months. If both parents provided an exact equal amount of financial support or if they don’t support you financially, provide information for the parent with the greater income or assets.

What if my parent isn’t a US Citizen, doesn’t have an SSN, or a Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)?

A parent’s citizenship status doesn’t affect a student’s eligibility for Federal Aid. The parent is still required to submit their earning information on the FAFSA and will need an FSA ID to complete the form and sign.

How do I create a FSA ID with no Social Security number?

Here are step by step instructions 

Creating ID -English
Creating ID-Spanish

How do I submit the FAFSA if my parents don't have a SSN?

Here are step by step instructions

2024-25 workaround

My parent is having a hard time getting an FSA ID. What should they do?

Your parent will want to work with Federal Student Aid for a resolution. They can be reached at 1-833-932-3439

I need to update my FAFSA, but it won't let me. What's the deal?

Since the FAFSA isn’t ‘official’ yet due to formula changes, your FAFSA is still considered in a “processing” status. You will be able to make edits to it once the Department of Education completes these formula updates.

I did my FAFSA, does Oshkosh have it?

We don’t have it yet. The Department of Education is updating formulas related to eligibility that has prevented them from sending FAFSA data to schools yet. We anticipate they will begin sending us FAFSA data by mid-March. You can log on to to see if your FAFSA has been submitted. 

What if one of my contributors doesn’t have an email address?

If a contributor doesn’t have an active email, one should be created for the purposes of the FAFSA process.

If my parent already has an FSA ID, do they need to request a new one?

No, currently existing FSA IDs will be used for the new FAFSA; however, additional parents may need to create an FSA if they are required contributors to the FAFSA. 

Will my FSA ID change?

No, you will use the same ID you previously created.

I’m new to college/UW-Oshkosh, what can I do now to prepare for the FAFSA?

You, and potentially your parent(s), should create an FSA ID now so that you can file the FAFSA as soon as it opens.

When should I submit my FAFSA?

As soon as possible! The earlier you file, the sooner you will know your Financial Aid eligibility.

Will I need to report the value of my small business/farm?

Yes. Previously, this was not required on the FAFSA, but is for the 2024-2025 FAFSA.

How will I be notified that I have been awarded Financial Aid?

When financial aid awards are available for students, you will get an email to your UW-Oshkosh email indicating to view your award through TitanWeb.  

Hours and Location

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Walk-In Hours:
Mondays and Fridays
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Schedule an appointment with your fiancial aid Counselor
Office Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address

Financial Aid Office
UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Us
 (920) 424-3377
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