The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid, called the FAFSA, looks similar to last year’s form, with some small tweaks. But the world around this crucial piece of the financial aid process has greatly changed as colleges and families seek to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.
“FAFSA kept doing business as usual this year,” says Amira Yahyaoui, CEO and founder of Mos, a company that created a single application for all federal and state financial aid but is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education. “We expected that because of the global pandemic, they would cater to that issue, but it has been completely ignored.”
The new FAFSA opened for applicants on Oct. 1. The form is required for students who wish to be considered for federal financial aid and is used by colleges and states to determine eligibility for many grants and scholarships. Students must complete the