FAFSA now open to current and incoming college students

FAFSA now open to current and incoming college students

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open for the 2024-2025 academic year. Completing the FAFSA is important for both prospective and current college students’ opportunities for grants, loans, work study and scholarships. 

The FAFSA is open

“It's important for all students to complete the FAFSA to ensure they're being fully considered for all sources of federal, state and university financial aid,” said Tim Bakula, director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UNI.

As the submission period begins, the 2024-2025 FAFSA is available periodically as part of a soft launch by the U.S. Department of Education. During this soft launch, the FAFSA form will be available for short periods of time over the coming days while Federal Student Aid monitors site performance. Users accessing the FAFSA website may experience short delays due to website traffic.

Current and prospective students should fill out the application as soon as possible. Students wanting to attend the University of Northern Iowa, as well as students who currently attend UNI, should fill out the application by Feb. 15, 2024 to maximize their financial aid opportunities. UNI’s school code for the FAFSA is 001890. As long as they have completed the FAFSA, incoming students can expect their financial aid offers to become available in March.

“The latest version of the FAFSA is more streamlined than ever, allowing students and families a more user-friendly experience,” said Bakula.

Students and families with questions about the 2024-2025 FAFSA can get help from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships staff at UNI. The office offers numerous ways to get in touch, including virtual appointments.

Find out more about the FAFSA at admissions.uni.edu/financial-aid/receiving-financial-aid/fafsa.