FAFSA Resources from USED

May 06, 2024

In addition to the FAFSA resources published last week, we are posting more from the U.S. Department of Education to assist districts.

  1. Video: What is FAFSA?
  2. FAFSA Checklist & Timeline for Students & Families
  3. FAFSA Checklist & Timeline for Students & Families – in Spanish
  4. Pro Tips for the 2024-2025 FAFSA Form
  5. FAFSA “How To” Videos
  6. FAFSA Bootcamp Webinar Recording
  7. Ways to Engage Your Community (See Page 2)
  8. How To Submit the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form if Your Contributor Doesn’t Have an SSN (This page will be available in Spanish by the end of the week)
  9. Update on Access to the 2024-25 FAFSA Form for Individuals Without a Social Security Number
  10. How do I verify my identity if I create an account and don’t have a Social Security number?

You can also find additional resources, toolkits, pro-tips, and “how to” videos on the U.S. Department of Education’s website here. For more information about the FAFSA process, check out StudentAid.gov here. Users can click “Español” at the top right side of the page or choose Spanish as their preferred language if they have a StudentAid.gov account.

 Additionally, some of the best practices we have seen throughout the country include: 

  • Promoting FAFSA Challenges in your district to see which HS has highest rate of FAFSA submissions.
  • Hosting in-person and virtual workshops that walk students and parents through the application process step-by-step. 
  • Distributing QR codes to students and parents to schedule a time for 1:1 help completing the FAFSA.
  • Printing toolkits and hang in high traffic areas and hand out at sporting events. 
  • Holding a district-wide meeting in collaboration with parent groups for all high school seniors to share FAFSA resources and deadlines. 
  • Asking local businesses to provide food at your FAFSA nights. 

An important note about the SAIG forms – these are the agreements that allow your state to receive student-level completion data from the Department and share with districts and schools. While every state signed and submitted the initial agreement in January, an amendment was released on Monday (please see the electronic announcement here). Your state’s authorizing official (find your state’s official here) needs to sign and resubmit in order to share this student-level completion data with select college access organizations. College access organizations are essential to supporting your students and families to complete the FAFSA, especially after graduation. Please reach out to your state official and ask them to prioritize signing and submitting!


For ease of reference, a reminder that you can access school and district level data for each state here. (Scroll down to Class of 2024 HS Senior FAFSA Data by State/Territory, and use the drop down menu to find your state. School level data is available on the first tab, and district level on the second tab.) You can watch a short video tutorial here, and completion rates for every state are available here.