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The 2024-25 FAFSA form will include the greatest number of changes to the process since 1997. The goal is a more simplified form and process, as well as expanded federal Pell grant eligibility. Read this MOCAN blog post for a summary of changes to the FAFSA.

The FAFSA is now open. Students and parents can log in and complete the form. There are still a few issues that Federal Student Aid is working to address. You can see the known issues and their workarounds here.

Parents who do not have a social security number are now able to contribute to a FAFSA. Check out this page for resources for mixed status families.

If you are in Kansas City, MOCAN is convening a Kansas City Task Force to support FAFSA completion in the region. Visit our Kansas City Initiatives page and contact Camry Ivory ([email protected]) for more information.

Pro Tips for the 2024–25 FAFSA® Form (Federal Student Aid)

FAFSA Completion Tips and Tricks (MOCAN)

FAFSA Tracker is Live! Visit NCAN’s FAFSA Tracker to see the latest FAFSA completion data.

Summer supports for FAFSA completion are available across the state. See this spreadsheet for details. Have programs to add to this list? Fill out this form.


The Missouri College and Career Attainment Network (MOCAN), Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) and Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development (MDHEWD) are working together with partners across the state to make sure you – and your students and families – have the support you need.

MOCAN’s Professional Development Institute (PDI) provides FREE workshops for school counselors, college and career advisers, financial aid personnel and other professionals.

Fall workshops are currently being planned. To join our e-mail list for updates on workshops, click here.

Register for all workshops via MOCAN’s website.

All virtual workshops are recorded and materials shared via MOCAN’s PDI Portal.

Links & Resources

Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is a form of Federal Student Aid of the U.S. Department of Education. This site links to the FAFSA and provides the best information on how to complete it.


National nonprofit organization uAspire has easy to follow checklists and tools for students with questions about the FAFSA and financial aid, including short videos on each step of the FAFSA process.

National College Attainment Network

NCAN has created several toolkits to support professionals advising students.


The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) is hosting 14 in-person financial aid workshops with MOCAN this fall and will host FAFSA walk-through events once the FAFSA is open. MASFAP also provides speakers on the FAFSA for school and community events.

Journey to College

Missouri’s Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development has a website with planning tips and resources for college-bound students. Journey to College holds FAFSA Frenzy events around the state to help students complete the FAFSA. Counselors can request a speaker for events.

Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis provides free workshops and in-person clinics (by appointment only) to help students and families navigate the financial aid process. This will include FAFSA specific workshops this year.

Get Schooled FAFSA Resources

Comprehensive resources available in Spanish and English. Includes information on setting up your FSA ID, completing the FAFSA, and what to do after filing the form. Includes blog posts and videos.

Kansas City FAFSA Initiative

Looking for assistance in the Kansas City region? Through MOCAN, the Kansas City metro has access to a FAFSA Support Specialist to coordinate and support FAFSA completion efforts in-person and virtually.