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Undergraduate Financial Aid

2024-2025 FAFSA Changes

Congress implemented changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) based on the the FAFSA Simplification Act. The FAFSA Simplification Act is designed to make the process easier for families to complete. This aims to ensure that new and returning students have access to expanded eligibility for federal aid, reduces barriers for certain populations, and provides a more streamlined application experience.

Quinnipiac University’s FAFSA/Federal School Code is 001402.

Deadlines for financial aid applications:

  • All first-year and transfer applicants: March 15

  • Returning students: April 1

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What you can do during the FAFSA delay

What the delay in FAFSA data means

The Department of Education announced on January 31 there will be a delay in releasing FAFSA results to all colleges and universities until at least the first half of March. This delay impedes financial aid officers in creating your financial aid offer. The FAFSA data informs us who is eligible for federal loans, grants and scholarships. We also use the FAFSA criteria to evaluate additional grant and scholarship eligibility.

A tool to estimate cost of attendance

We recognize that families need this crucial information to make informed decisions. While we wait for the FAFSA data to be delivered, we invite you to utilize the Net Price Calculator, a tool that can help determine what your actual annual cost would be to attend Quinnipiac. Though the results you receive will be estimates, as the information collected is not as detailed as that evaluated on the FAFSA, for most students the award values should be very close to accurate. To access the Net Price Calculator, please visit QU.edu/npc.

We are here to help

For some students and families, this delay may seem disconcerting. Once the Department of Education releases the FAFSA information, be assured that we will work hard on getting your financial aid offer out to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, our financial aid officers are here to help answer your questions. Please feel free to reach out at any time. Please know that you are not alone as students and families across the country are all going through this together.

If you need to complete your FAFSA, join us in one of our virtual FAFSA Completion Instructional Workshops in February.

What can you do?

While we patiently wait until March for the FAFSA information to be released, we have several admitted student days coming up and invite you to Quinnipiac’s campus! Take advantage of one or more of our visit opportunities for admitted students and their families

We can’t wait to welcome you on campus and into the Bobcat community!

Overview of 2024 FAFSA Changes

What’s New on the 2024 FAFSA

The FAFSA is now open

In years past, the FAFSA opened each year on October 1. To allow time for the changes to the FAFSA for this year, it opened in December of 2023. After the 2024-2025 financial aid year, the FAFSA will return to being open in October as usual.

Please note that because of significant Department of Education processing delays, we will not have information about FAFSA submissions or financial aid until the first half of March. Once FAFSA data is released to us, we are committed to sharing financial aid information as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Visit the FAFSA website

The federal school code for Quinnipiac University is 001402.

Students must invite contributors to complete their FAFSA

Undergraduate-dependent students must invite their parent(s) to be a contributor on their FAFSA application. Undergraduate-independent students who are married may need to invite their spouse to be a contributor on their FAFSA application.

Students now “invite” a contributor to complete their portion of the FAFSA by entering the contributor’s name, date of birth, Social Security number and email address. Contributors without a Social Security number can still be invited to complete their portion.

Who is considered a contributor depends on the student’s individual situation. In addition to the student, the student's spouse, a biological or adoptive parent, and/or the parent's spouse may be included on the FAFSA. Watch a short video about determining who will be a contributor

Please note that each contributor — plus the student — must have an FSA ID account to access and fill out the FAFSA. Those who don’t have a Social Security number can still create an FSA ID account. Watch a short video about creating an FSA ID account

Tax return data will be directly transferred electronically

Starting with the 2024-2025 FAFSA, the tax return data will now be directly transferred from the IRS. This electronic transfer is no longer optional as in years past.

Consent and approval must be given from each contributor and the student to transfer their 2022 tax return.

Your financial aid need will be determined by the Student Aid Index

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) has been reformulated and given a new name: the Student Aid Index (SAI).


What is not changing

The FAFSA application experience is changing, but many aspects of financial aid are remaining the same at Quinnipiac. These include:

  • The types of financial aid available to students at Quinnipiac will remain the same.

  • The FAFSA is still required for institutional, federal and state financial aid each year.

  • How students determine whether they are a dependent for purposes of applying for financial aid is the same. Dependency determines whether your parent(s) must complete the FAFSA. Learn more about determining your dependency

  • The FAFSA will still be using tax information from the prior-prior year, so students will complete it based on 2022 income and current assets.

  • FAFSA will continue to collect information about applicant's gender, race and ethnicity only for statistics and data purposes; they do not effect your federal student aid eligibility.

  • We are still here to help you with all of your questions. If you have unusual or changed financial circumstances, please contact your financial aid counselor to discuss next steps. Connect with your financial aid counselor

Plan Ahead for the FAFSA Process

To make the process go smoothly, students should collect the following documents from each contributor* before beginning the 2024-2025 FAFSA form:

  • Name, date of birth, Social Security number and email addresses

  • 2022 federal tax returns and W2s

  • Current balances of cash in checking and savings accounts

  • Records of child support received

  • Net worth of investments, businesses and farms

    • Please note that this is a change from last year when certain small family-owned businesses and farms were excluded from asset reporting. 

Watch this video for additional guidance on collecting these documents

*Undergraduate-dependent applicants are required to invite contributors. Undergraduate-independent, graduate, medical and law applicants who are married may need to invite a spouse to be a contributor on their FAFSA application.

Important Dates Impacting the 2024 FAFSA

The 2024-2025 academic year FAFSA is now open.

While we review late applications, funding availability is tentative after the prescribed deadlines. Please fill out the FAFSA as early as possible.

Please note that because of significant Department of Education processing delays, we will not have information about FAFSA submissions or financial aid until at least the end of January. Once FAFSA data is released to us, we are committed to sharing financial aid information as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Visit the FAFSA website

The federal school code for Quinnipiac University is 001402.

FAFSA Priority Deadlines

Student Population Returning Student Priority Deadline New Student Priority Deadline
Undergraduate April 1 March 15
Graduate Summer: April 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Law May 15 May 15
Medicine March 1 March 1

How to Apply for Financial Aid


Complete and submit the FAFSA form

All students seeking financial assistance need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online as soon as possible after it opens. The newly revised Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. Applicants are encouraged to file the FAFSA to apply for financial aid as early as possible. Learn more about the changes to the 2024-2025 FAFSA

Quinnipiac's FAFSA code is 001402.

Complete the FAFSA online


Review your financial aid offer notification

Offer notifications are prepared by the Financial Aid Office and are issued to students to explain the details of the financial aid offer, which may include grants, scholarships, federal student loans and work study.

Access the Financial Aid Self-Service Portal


Complete your Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) online for federal loans

  • Student Borrowers: If you will be attending Quinnipiac’s undergraduate programs, and are a first-time student borrower of federal loans, the government requires you to complete an online Entrance Counseling Session (a short question/answer session regarding educational borrowing) and sign an electronic promise to repay your loans called a Master Promissory Note (MPN). The loan proceeds cannot disburse to the university on your behalf until the requirements are completed on the Federal Student Aid website, studentaid.gov. The process can be accessed 24 hours a day and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Learn more about Entrance Counseling and MPN

Visit studentaid.gov


Pay your balance

To cover a remaining balance due to the university, after financial aid has been applied against the invoice, families have the choice of establishing a semester payment plan and/or borrowing from the Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan or a variety of private lenders.

Learn more about tuition payment programs

Explore loan options

Additional FAFSA Resources

View a complete list of 2024-2025 FAFSA tutorial videos provided by Federal Student Aid

To get the most accurate and up-to-date information about any changes to the FAFSA application process, visit StudentAid.gov

Financial Aid Resources

Our financial aid team is ready to support students and their families while they navigate the financial aid process. We encourage students to fill out the FAFSA early according to the information provided above, and apply for outside scholarships

Contact undergraduate financial aid