Important Update on the 2024-25 FAFSA for Applicants Without a Social Security Number

The Federal Student Aid (FSA) office has announced a crucial update that will ease the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process for individuals and contributors lacking a Social Security number (SSN). This change is part of a series of system enhancements aimed at improving access to the 2024-25 FAFSA form, effective immediately.

Key Changes:

  • Immediate Access to FAFSA: Individuals without an SSN can now access the online FAFSA form right after setting up a account. This shift is intended to streamline the application process significantly.
  • Manual Tax Information Entry: Due to ongoing issues with the IRS data retrieval system, applicants and their contributors without an SSN are required to manually enter their tax details until further notice.
  • Identity Validation Flexibility: The FSA has adjusted the identity validation process, allowing applicants who cannot validate their identity through standard knowledge-based questions to use their account details to start filling out the FAFSA without delay.

Eligibility and Documentation:

Those awaiting identity validation results can begin using their accounts immediately. However, the validation must be completed before the 2025-26 application cycle to avoid account restrictions.

Individuals must verify their eligible noncitizen status at their educational institutions before any federal funds can be disbursed.

Impact on Noncitizens:

Undocumented students and DACA recipients remain ineligible for federal student aid. Eligibility requirements still apply to citizens from the Freely Associated States, who must provide additional documentation to verify their status.

Guidance for Institutions:

Educational institutions must ensure the verification of a student’s identity and citizenship status before disbursing any federal aid, as detailed in the 2024-25 FSA Handbook.

What Applicants Need to Know:

Applicants should check their dashboard for their validation status. The FSA is committed to updating all affected parties via email and will direct individuals to the appropriate guidance on their website.

This update represents a significant step by the Department of Education to accommodate students who face barriers due to their SSN status, ensuring they receive equal opportunities to pursue higher education.

For further information, applicants and institutions are encouraged to refer to the official website or contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center for assistance.

Contact Information

If you or your family members have any questions about how immigration and nationality laws in the United States may affect you, or if you want to access additional information about immigration and nationality laws in the United States or Canada, please do not hesitate to contact the immigration and nationality lawyers at NPZ Law Group. You can reach us by emailing or by calling us at 201-670-0006 extension 104. We also invite you to visit our website at for more information.