In case you missed it, the long-awaited 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open as of Sunday, Dec. 31. Here are a few things you should know as a student or parent as you enter FAFSA season:  

You need a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID

In order to file your FAFSA, both students and parents must have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. This account will give you access to complete your application and will allow you to track the status of the aid you are eligible for. We recommend you register for your FSA ID as soon as possible to ensure you are on the right track for receiving aid. If you already have a FSA ID, be sure your login information is up to date.  

The earlier you file, the better

With the changes made to the FAFSA application, we anticipate delays as our offices and the Federal Department of Education navigate the updates to this process. We recommend you file your FAFSA as soon as possible as you may receive word on the status of your application a bit later than you normally would.  

File your FAFSA

Did you know you are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship when you list Alma College on your FAFSA? Use code 002236 to list us as one of your schools. 

We understand that financial aid is a large factor in the college decision-making process and want to ensure you are equipped with the right resources. Please contact the Alma College Financial Aid Office if you have any questions regarding this year’s FAFSA. We appreciate your patience.