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What you need to know about changes to the ’22-’23 FAFSA application and how to fill out the form

October 18, 2021

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (aka FAFSA) opens Oct. 1, 2021 for the 2022-2023 school year. And in a year where change feels near constant, the FAFSA application has undergone a few tweaks as well.

Select spoke with Kalman Chany, the president and founder of Campus Consultants, a firm that guides families through the financial aid process, for a breakdown of why families should pay extra close attention to this year’s application.

What’s different about the FAFSA application this year?

While questions on the application aren’t changing for the ’22-’23 school year, how answers are interpreted is going to be a bit different, says Chany.

There are two questions on the application that have traditionally been “disqualifiers” for financial aid: a question about drug convictions and a question about registering with the Selective Service.

In the past, students who received a drug conviction while they were also receiving financial aid have been disqualified for future financial assistance. And male students 18 or older who indicate on the FAFSA form that they haven’t registered for the draft have also been disqualified from receiving financial aid.

These two questions will still be on the application, but having a drug conviction and not registering for the draft will no longer impact students’ ability to receive federal financial aid.

According to the Federal Student Aid website, there will be a few other small tweaks, including a visual website update and the ability for users to indicate whether they’re a student, a parent or a preparer, prior to beginning the FAFSA application.