Editor’s Note Jan. 23, 2024: The priority aid deadline for the 2024-25 FAFSA has been extended to Feb. 15, 2024. This applies only to the 2024-25 FAFSA. The deadline for the GT App and CSS profile (for first-year students only) remains Jan. 31, 2024. Students should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.
The new 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available now and should be completed before Georgia Tech’s priority deadline of Jan. 31 to maximize financial aid opportunities. The application can be found here.
The new FAFSA made changes to the application in accordance with the FAFSA Simplification Act and launched on Dec. 31, 2023. Though users may have experienced some initial issues with the application functionality and availability, the form is now fully accessible for families to complete.
“The new FAFSA is designed to be more user-friendly through a shorter application with less manual data entry, ultimately aiming to ease the process for students and families navigating this challenging time,” said Paul Kohn, vice provost for Enrollment Management at Georgia Tech. “Unfortunately, the changes to the form and timeline have undeniably posed challenges for the financial aid application process. We understand the stress it is causing for prospective and current students and their families.”
In addition to completing FAFSA, students should also complete the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid (GT App) annually. The GT App opens Oct. 1 each year and only takes a few minutes to complete.
By filling out the GT App, students can access follow-up forms to be considered for institutional scholarships and other types of aid. They’ll also get reminders of any upcoming deadlines for the aid they want to apply to receive.
Though the FAFSA released later than the typical October launch date, the priority deadline to apply for financial aid at Georgia Tech remains Jan. 31. Families should plan to complete the FAFSA as soon as they can to accommodate the shortened timeline.
“While we are not changing our deadlines at this time, we will keep a close eye on what our students need to make an informed decision about a future at Tech,” said Kohn. “Students and families should complete the application process as soon as they can and be patient as financial aid professionals do all they can to award aid packages as soon as possible.”
The sooner Georgia Tech receives a student’s financial information, the sooner they can prepare for the financial needs of the student body.
Announcements and resources to understand the changes being made to the FAFSA can be found here. Contact the financial aid office with any questions. Below, view a recording of a webinar walkthrough of the new FAFSA.