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VU offers students, families help with new, simplified FAFSA

The arrival of the new FAFSA form heralds an opportunity for individuals to access vital federal aid for their college education. The 2024-25 form introduces a simplified and user-friendly approach, streamlining the application process for students seeking financial aid.

Applying for federal aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens doors to crucial financial support, including grants and loans, that can significantly help with college expenses.

The redesigned 2024–25 FAFSA form will help 610,000 new students from low-income backgrounds receive Federal Pell Grants, according to the U.S. Department of Education. It will also help 1.5 million more students receive the maximum Pell Grant – bringing the total number of students eligible for the maximum Pell Grant amount to more than 5.2 million.

Nearly 90% of first-time, full-time VU students receive financial assistance through grants, scholarships, or both. VU extends in-state tuition to Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan residents. This development offers residents of these states an approximate 50% reduction in tuition costs.

The best step to unlocking pathways to affordable education and potential financial aid opportunities is to file a FAFSA for the 2024-25 academic year. The FAFSA is typically released in October. The 2024-25 FAFSA form rolled out online with a “soft launch” on Dec. 30, 2023.

According to the Department of Education, the FAFSA is available periodically during their soft launch as they monitor site performance and form functionality. Students wanting to submit applications now should monitor the website to check availability.

VU is ready to assist

The VU Financial Aid Office offers assistance Monday – Friday during its regular hours, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST). One-on-one Zoom appointments with VU financial aid representatives also provide help with filing the FAFSA and answer questions regarding financial aid at VU.  Financial aid experts will also be available on College Goal Sunday to provide free FAFSA filing help at the Vincennes Campus and Jasper Campus frp, 2-4 p.m. on on Feb. 25.

VU Financial Aid Director Stan Werne said, “With clearer instructions and reduced complexity, the updated FAFSA aims to make accessing financial aid more straightforward, ensuring that students can focus on their education with greater ease.

“At Vincennes University, we are committed to supporting the educational journey of all students. If someone has questions about the new FAFSA form or any financial aid needs, our dedicated team is here to assist every step of the way. Student success is our priority, and we’re just a call, visit, or email away from helping students and families navigate the financial aid process.”

To learn more about key changes, see VU information about FAFSA simplification. If you have financial aid questions, reach out to the Vincennes University Financial Aid Office. Contact them via email at [email protected] or at 812-888-4361 Monday – Friday during its regular hours, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST.

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