For years, the U.S. Department of Education has taken strides to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly referred to as the FAFSA. In the next few years, however, it will undergo some of the most impactful changes yet.FAFSA simplification has already started. Students are seeing a modified form and more leniency in how aid is distributed in the current filing year for the 2023-2024 FAFSA.• “Books, course materials, supplies, and equipment” will receive its own category and is no longer permitted to be lumped in with tuition and fees. • “Transportation” expenses will be defined as transportation between home and campus, residences, and a student’s workplace. • “Room and board” will now be referred to as “Food and Housing” and will be grouped with “Living Expenses.” • “Living Expenses” now breaks down food and housing into specific scenarios, such as living on campus vs off campus and having a meal plan vs grocery shopping and cooking.If the college you’re interested in does not break down cost like the above, call the Admissions or Financial Aid offices. They can provide a price breakdown for you.
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