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Don’t let the fear of cost keep you off the road to success. Approximately 11 million dollars was awarded last year to our student body. Our financial aid advisors are dedicated to guiding you through the financial aid process. The first step is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to see how much aid you qualify for. Use the FAFSA link to begin!


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*Changes Ahead - FAFSA Simplification Act

2024-25 FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is seeing some big changes for the 2024-2025 aid year! The US Congress passes the FAFSA Simplification Act as one of the biggest overhauls of the federal student aid systems and processing in the FAFSA’s history. These changes impact the FAFSA form itself alongside the need analysis that determines federal aid eligibility, new terminology, and many of the policies and procedures schools that participate in federal student aid programs use. Luckily for student and families, many of these changes are designed to make the FAFSA easier and quicker to complete than ever before, along with increasing the amount of federal student aid eligibility for many students.

Expected Timeline

Historically, the FAFSA has been available beginning October 1st each year. However, because of significant changes to the application and the rebuild of the FAFSA processing system, the U.S. Department of Education has indicated the following timeline:

  • December 31, 2023: Students will be able to complete the 2024-25 FAFSA starting on December 31, 2023
  • March 2024: Schools won’t begin to receive FAFSA data until March.
  • We won’t be able to notify students until after we’ve received their FAFSA.

Updates on an exact dates will be posted when announced.

How Can I Prepare for This Change?

While the 2024-2025 FAFSA will not be available until December 31, you can still prepare by doing the following:

  • Create an FSA ID on the Federal Student Aid website and assist contributors, such as your parent(s) or spouse, in creating an FSA ID. Please note: If you or your contributor already has an FSA ID, you will use your existing FSA ID.
    • An FSA ID is an account and password that gives you access to the Federal Student Aid’s online system and serves as your electronic signature.
    • With the FSA ID, you can fill out the FAFSA when it is available, sign your Master Promissory Note (MPN), apply for repayment plans, complete loan counseling, and use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Help Tool.
  • Complete the FAFSA once it opens in December.

What's different?

The FAFSA simplification act has numerous benefits, including an easier application process with a better experience for students and parents, greater eligibility for federal student aid, and less barriers for at-risk student populations. Some of the larger changes are detailed below:

  • The FAFSA is shorter and more user-friendly.
    • The 2024-25 FAFSA has been significantly shortened, from 108 questions in the 2023-24 FAFSA to only 46 in the 2024-25 FAFSA. The FAFSA on the Web has also been made more dynamic, meaning many students won’t see all 46 questions, only those that are relevant to them, and the streamlined format will be simpler and less daunting for students and their families than past FAFSAs.
  • Applicants will be required to use the IRS Direct Date Exchange.
    • On previous FAFSA, users had the option to either enter their tax information manually or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, with many applicants choosing the latter. Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA, all people on the FAFSA will be required to use the IRS Direct Date Exchange to share tax information or confirm non-filing status. This change makes it easier and quicker to complete the FAFSA and significantly reduces the number of questions applicants need to answer.
  • All contributors must provide financial information.
    • A new term being introduced in the 2024-25 FAFSA is a “contributor,” which refers to any person who must provide information on a student’s FAFSA form, such as parents, step-parents, or a spouse. A student’s early answers on the FAFSA will determine which contributors, if any, need to provide information. Applicable contributors will receive an email notifying them that they’ve been identified as an indicator and need to login to the FAFSA using their own FSA ID (NOT the student’s) and provide the required information.
    • Being a contributor does not mean that they are responsible for the student’s educational costs, but it does mean that the contributor must provide information to the FAFSA. If they do not, the student’s application will be incomplete and they will not be eligible for any federal student aid.
  • The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is becoming the Student Aid Index (SAI).
    • Many students and families who have completed a FAFSA before may be familiar with the Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, which is how the FAFSA calculated a student’s aid eligibility. Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA, the EFC is being replaced with the Student Aid Index (SAI), which a more accurate description of a student’s aid eligibility and, unlike the EFC, can be a negative number as low as -1,500.
    • Please note that, like the EFC, a lower SAI typically indicates greater student aid eligibility when it comes to need-based aid. Thus, a negative SAI is not a bad thing for the student, but rather indicates exceptional student need beyond simply having a 0 in that field.
  • The number of family members in college will not be used to calculate SAI.
    • In past FAFSAs, the FAFSA took the number of household members in college into account when calculating the EFC, with that number being divided proportionally to determine federal aid eligibility. Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA however, while the application will still ask how many household members are in college, the answer to that question will not be calculated into the SAI. As such, students, and particularly students with siblings in college, may see a change in their federal aid eligibility.
  • Some students will be automatically eligible for a Pell Grant.
    • Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA, families making less than 175% and single parent families making less than 225% of the federal poverty level will have their students automatically receive the maximum Federal Pell Grant award amount. Minimum Pell Grant awards will be guaranteed to students from households (depending on household structure) below 275%, 325%, 350%, or 400% of the poverty level. Pell Grant awards between the maximum and minimum amounts will be determined by a student’s SAI.
  • In cases of divorce or separation, the parent responsible for submitting the FAFSA has changed.
    • For dependent students, the FAFSA previously required financial information from the parent(s) the student had lived with the most in the previous 12 months. Beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA, financial information will instead be required from the parent(s) who provided the most financial support to the student during that time.
  • Family farms and small business must be reported as assets.
    • Two additional family assets can now be required to be reported beginning with the 2024-25 FAFSA. When required, families must report the value of their small business or family farm. Should the family farm include the principal residence of the household, application will need to 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.

Save Thousands

An education at Angelina College is a fraction of the cost of a 4-year university. You can save thousands of dollars while pursing an education to equip you for your future career. The net price calculator can give you a closer look at expected costs, and we encourage everyone to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

We are dedicated to guiding you through the process. Are you a Veteran? We have answers for you as well. 

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We understand the process can be a bit intimidating, and have put together a list of frequently asked questions to assist you. Angelina College School Code: 006661

Please be aware of changes happening for the timeline of applications due to the FAFSA Simplification Act (for 2024/25 school year).

First-Generation College student? There are resources available for you as well! 



Deadline: August 30th

Deadline: February 3rd

Deadline: May 1st
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Students who submit the FAFSA and any required documents late will still have their files processed. Financial Aid files are processed in the order in which the documents are received.

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Gain real work experience and earn money while furthering your college education! Benefits include: flexible hours to fit your schedule, 15-19 hours/week, and more.


  • Complete an online application in the MyAC Portal HERE.
  • OR submit a paper application. Pick up an application from the Financial Aid Office or Human Resources.
  • Must be Pell Eligible (determined by FAFSA) and enrolled in classes at Angelina College.

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