January 12, 2024
Dear Pace students, parents, and families,
The Department of Education (DOE) has announced that the new 20242025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available 24/7. While there may still be short pauses for site maintenance, we strongly encourage you to complete the 20242025 FAFSA form as soon as possible at www.studentaid.gov. This will best ensure that you receive the maximum financial assistance you are entitled to for the 2024-2025 academic year. Pace University’s priority FAFSA filing date is February 15, 2024; complete your application before then to be eligible for consideration for certain additional limited funding. 
As required by federal law, the new FAFSA has been simplified, reducing the number of questions from 108 to as few as 36. We are here to provide support as you navigate the updated form. Watch your Pace email for a virtual tutorial/walk-through of the 20242025 FAFSA, which will be available on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Additionally, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation is offering several informationalwebinars

Before getting started, students should consider these recommendations to further ensure a smooth application process: 
  • Confirm legal names, birth dates, and social security numbers (SSNs). Double-check that this identifying information matches what appears on official legal documents for you and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s).  
  • Create separate email addresses. If you have not already done so, create separate email addresses for you and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s). This will ensure that the DOE can communicate with all contributors. 
  • Remember that parent/guardian contributors must have an official Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. If needed, your parent or guardian can get an FSA ID anytime. However, you cannot set up an FSA ID and complete the FAFSA on the same day, so it's important to register for an FSA ID before starting the FAFSA.  

Thank you for acting quickly to secure your 20242025 financial aid; we appreciate your cooperation. If you have additional questions or need further assistance with completing the FAFSA, connect with a DOE contact center
Best regards,
Mark Stephens
Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid
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