2024-25 FAFSA Updates

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been updated. Students starting or continuing college this fall (August 2024) will experience a simplified FAFSA that has been redesigned and streamlined and will expand eligibility for federal student aid.

The 2024-25 FAFSA is available to complete!

Review the 2024-25 FAFSA Timeline and other details below to be prepared to start college this fall. We'll continue to update this page as we receive more information from the Department of Education and Federal Student Aid. We appreciate your patience as we work to implement many changes brought by the FAFSA Simplification Act. 2024-25 Financial Aid Offers are estimated to be available in May for new and continuing NICC students. Watch your NICC email for further details.

Prepare now so that you are ready to start college this fall at NICC.

Month Action to take Details
Ongoing Create/Confirm your FSA ID prior to starting the FAFSA FSA ID Link
January 2024 2024-25 FAFSA becomes available  
February 2024

 FAFSA continues to be updated by Federal Student Aid

March 2024 FAFSA student data is still being processed and is not yet fully available to NICC (and other colleges).

Pell Grant and Student Loans

April 2024

NICC Scholarship Priority Deadline - April 15, 2024

Registration for fall 2024 classes begins. Note that financial aid eligibility is not ready to be estimated yet due to delays in federal and state processing of FAFSA and tax data. Stay tuned for further updates.

Submit your 2024-25 FAFSA (if you have not yet completed)

Ready to File the 2024-25 FAFSA? Here's What You'll Need

Listo Para Llenar la 2024-25 FAFSA? Estos Son Los Documentos Que Necesitas (En Espanol)

Register for fall 2024 classes

Watch your NICC email for next steps and more details

Submit your FAFSA

May 2024

Financial Aid Offers (Federal Aid) - Tentatively Available

NICC Scholarship Recipients Announced

Watch for an email notice to your NICC email account
June 2024 Financial Aid Offers (State Grants/Scholarships) Tentatively Available - File FAFSA by July 1, 2024 * to be considered (official date has not yet been determined) Last Dollar Scholarship, Kibbie Grant, Vo-Tech Grant
July 2024 Order Textbooks for fall semester - Available starting Monday, July 8, 2024 Order Textbooks Online
August 2024 Tuition Payment is Due, August 15, 2024 & Classes Begin, August 22, 2024 Pay Tuition
September 2024 Financial Aid Disbursements - Wednesday, September 18, 2024 BankMobile Refund Choices

Students completing the FAFSA for the first time and all those contributing to a student's FAFSFA can create their FSA ID before the application becomes available in late December. 

A contributor (a new term being introduced on the 2024-25 FAFSA) refers to anyone who is required to provide information on a student's form (such as a parent/stepparent or spouse). A student's or parent's answers on the FAFSA will determine which contributors (if any) will be required to provide information.

Contributors will receive an email informing them that they've been identified as such by the student, and will need to log in using their own FSA ID to provide the required information on the student's FAFSA.

Being a contributor does not mean they are financially responsible for the student's education costs, but it does mean the contributor must provide information on the FAFSA or the application will be incomplete and the student will not be eligible for federal student aid.

If you are a dependent student for FAFSA purposes, you'll need to provide information about your parents. Refer to Federal Student Aid to help determine which parent's information you will need to report on the FAFSA.

For dependent students, financial information was previously needed from the parent(s) the student had lived with the most in the last 12 months. With the new FAFSA, financial information will be required from the parent(s) who provided the most financial support to the student.

What is considered a business or investment farm?

They are businesses the family owns (including a small or family-run business) or income-producing farms the family owns, including the fair market value of land, buildings, livestock, unharvested crops, and machinery actively used in investment farms, agricultural, or commercial activities.

How should applicants and their families report the net value of a farm on which their principal place of residence also sits?

Applicants 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. The principal residence may include the family’s home, as well as structures and land adjacent to the home that are not being used, stored, or sold for farming or other commercial activities. Property values are generally assessed at a rate that considers the use of the property and the value of the land. Applicants and their families may refer to their property tax assessments from municipal, county, or state governments to help determine and separate the value of their principal residence from other property. Debts owed against the principal residence—such as a mortgage—should also be subtracted from the assessed value of the residence to determine the net value.

The 2024-25 FAFSA has a lot of changes to help make it a better FAFSA experience. Things to note:

Incomplete FAFSA expires after 45 days

Any FAFSA that is left incomplete will expire after 45 days, which means the form will have to be restarted and all contributors must redo their sections. Reminder emails will be sent to contributors every seven days.

FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS)

The FSS details the information that a student and their contributors have entered on the form. This summary is not expected to be available to students, and any colleges that a student identifies on the FAFSA, until late January 2023. Students should still submit the FAFSA early in January to keep the process moving forward and wait for more details to come from Federal Student Aid and NICC on next steps.

"Expected Family Contribution” (EFC) is changing to "Student Aid Index" (SAI)

The SAI is a number that determines each student’s eligibility for certain types of federal student aid and will be used for awarding need-based grants, loans, and other aid types. The SAI will also determine eligibility for state of Iowa grants like Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship, Kibbie Grant and Vocational-Technical Grant.