Latest Updates on FAFSA/TASFA

For the upcoming 2024-2025 year, the Department of Education (ED) has overhauled federal student aid, including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. This impacts all universities and colleges. UTSA remains committed to offering high-quality, affordable education to our students. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available, and how UTSA is navigating these nationwide changes.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Updated as of 2/7/24: Below is a summary of key dates and deadlines. UTSA is closely following the updates provided by the US Department of Education (ED). As we learn more information, we’ll update dates accordingly.

Key Date December 29, 2023 FAFSA Application Opens
Key Date December 29, 2023 TASFA Application Opens
Deadline January 15 UTSA Distinguished Presidential Scholarship Deadline
Deadline January 31 extended UTSA General Scholarship Priority Deadline
Key Date Mid-March ED will send universities FAFSA files
Deadline March 15 Texas Aid Priority Deadline (Texas Grant)
Deadline March 15 extended UTSA Financial Aid Priority Deadline
Deadline March 15 extended UTSA Bold Promise Deadline
Key Date Late April Students will receive aid offers from UTSA

Federal Student Aid

UTSA’s school code is 010115

From the Federal Student Aid Website

2024-25 FASFA Pro Tips
Federal Student Aid has published pro tips to help you and your family successfully complete the 2024-25 FAFSA.

Pro Tips for the 2024–25 FAFSA

2024-25 FASFA Open Issues
If you are experiencing issues completing the FAFSA, the Federal Student Aid has published known issues regarding the 2024-25 FAFSA, along with workaround solutions. This is a great resource to look through. You can also contact a UTSA One Stop counselor; however, issues with the FAFSA cannot be resolved by UTSA.

View 2024–25 FAFSA Open Issues

2024-25 FASFA FAQs
Federal Student Aid has put together a video playlist to to find answers to common questions to help you get ready for the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
FASFA FAQs Youtube Playlist

Texas Student Aid

From the THECB Website

2024-25 TASFA Paper Application
Students classified as Texas residents who are not eligible federal aid are encouraged to complete the TASFA. The online TASFA for 2024-25 is currently not available. To ensure students maximize state financial aid funding, students must complete the paper TASFA.

2024-45 TASFA Paper Copy & Instructions (english)
2024-45 TASFA Paper Copy & Instructions (spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our Financial Success team will be hosting several workshops for new and continuing students.

Yes. Please refer to the “Key Dates and Deadlines” section of this webpage as this date can change.

The Department of Education (ED) is keeping schools updated on their timeline, which is fluid and changing. Please refer to the “Key Dates and Deadlines” section of this webpage for the latest date provided to universities.

Please note, you must include the UTSA school code (010115) and have successfully submitted your application for ED to send the files to UTSA, once they release them.

No, the Distinguished Presidential Scholarship (DPS) deadline will remain January 15. We encourage you to apply early!

Please refer to the “Key Dates and Deadlines” section of this webpage as this date can change.

The reason why the scholarship deadline is different because students do NOT need a FAFSA or TASFA on file to submit it. Students will only need a myUTSA ID to log into the UTSA Scholarship Hub, which they receive within 72 hours after they submit an admissions application to UTSA.

A contributor is anyone who is required to provide consent for Federal Tax Information (FTI) and a signature on the FAFSA including:

  • The student
  • The student’s spouse (if applicable)
  • A biological or adoptive parent; or
  • The spouse of a remarried parent who is on the FAFSA (i.e., a stepparent)

The new FAFSA is student-driven, meaning the student’s answers on their section will determine who will be a contributor (in addition to the student). Students will need the contributor’s name, date of birth, Social Security Number (SSN), and email address to invite them to complete their required portion of the FAFSA. Contributors will need to provide personal and financial information on their section of the FAFSA.

If a dependent student’s parents are unmarried and living together, both parents will be contributors, will need to have separate Federal Student Aid (FSA) IDs, and need to provide consent. Dependent students whose parents filed their U.S. income tax return as Married Filing Jointly only require one parent contributor to complete the FAFSA. If the student’s parents filed separately, both parents will be considered contributors and therefore need separate FSA IDs.

If an independent student is married and filed separately, both individuals are contributors and must have FSA IDs.

To create an FSA ID, please visit the Create Account webpage on the Federal Student Aid website.

Determining what parent(s) to include on the FAFSA is changing. Income and assets are to be reported for the parent who provides the most financial support even if the student does not live with that parent or lives with the other parent.

In previous years, if a student’s parents were divorced or separated, the parent with whom the student lived the most in the past 12 months prior to filing the FAFSA was to be listed; however, this is no longer the primary consideration.

Parental Income on the FAFSA

  • Parents who live together
    • Parental income and assets in the case of a student whose parents are married and not separated, or who are unmarried but live together, shall include the income and assets of both parents.
  • Divorced or separated parents
    • Parental income and assets for a student whose parents are divorced or separated, but not remarried, is determined by including only the income and assets of the parent who provides the greater portion of the student’s financial support.
  • Death of a parent
    • Parental income and assets in the case of the death of any parent is determined as follows:
      • If either of the parents has died, the surviving parent shall be considered a single parent, unless that parent has remarried.
      • If both parents have died, the student shall not report any parental income or assets.
  • Remarried parents
    • If a parent who is divorced or widowed and would be included on the FAFSA has remarried, the income of the parent’s spouse must be included if the student’s parent and the stepparent are married as of the date the FAFSA is completed.
  • Single parent
    • For a single parent who is not divorced, separated, or remarried, the income and assets of the single parent shall be included.

The FAFSA Simplification Act will expand the Pell Grant to more students and will link eligibility to family size and the federal poverty guidelines that were in effect during the tax year being requested on the FAFSA.  Additionally, for students who qualify, the amount of Pell Grant will be based on enrollment intensity, which means they will look at how many credit hours you’re registered in to determine how much will pay out.

Though the FAFSA will ask how many of the student’s household members are in college, the answer will not be calculated into the Student Aid Index (SAI). As such, undergraduate students with siblings in college may see a change in their federal aid eligibility. Guidance for how a student should report their family size will align more closely with what was reported on the student’s/parent’s tax returns.

A new IRS Direct Data Exchange (DDX) will replace the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) built into the FAFSA for importing student, parent, parent spouse, and/or student spouse Federal Tax Information (FTI). Previously, users had the option to enter their tax information manually or use the IRS DRT.

All persons on the FAFSA must provide consent for the Department of Education to receive tax information or confirmation of non-filing status directly from the IRS. In a very small number of cases, students and families will have to enter their tax data manually, but for most, that data will be automatically transferred into the application. This change makes it easier to complete the FAFSA and reduces the number of questions to be answered.

When applicable, families must now report the value of their small business or family farm. If the family farm includes the principal place of residence, students should determine the total net value of all farm assets and subtract the net value of their principal residence to determine the final value of their farm assets.

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