The doors to financial aid for the 2024-25 academic year have swung wide open with the launch of the Better FAFSA application. This vital step in securing your educational funding is now available, and it’s time to gear up for the process. Here’s a comprehensive guide to ensure you’re well-prepared to seize this opportunity for financial support.

FAFSA Opening: Act Now for Your Future

The 2024-25 FAFSA application window officially opened on December 31 setting the stage for students to pursue financial aid for the upcoming academic year proactively. For future years, mark your calendars for October 1st, the traditional opening date for FAFSA applications.

FSA ID: Your Key to Access Financial Aid

Before diving into the FAFSA application, ensure you and your parents, regardless of Social Security number status, have obtained the Federal Student Aid Identification (FSA ID). This identification is indispensable for initiating the FAFSA process and accessing crucial financial support. Click here to get your FSA ID.

Streamlined FAFSA Questions and Enhanced Terminology

With a significant reduction in FAFSA questions from 108 to 36, the application process is now more streamlined. Additionally, terminology changes, such as referring to contributors and the adoption of Direct Data Exchange (DDX), aim to simplify and expedite the application journey.

Transitioning to Student Aid Index (SAI) and Clarifying Parental Reporting

Upon FAFSA submission, expect to receive a Student Aid Index (SAI) instead of the previous Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This index will play a pivotal role in determining your eligibility for financial aid. Additionally, for students with separated parents, the primary financial supporter will be the included parent on the FAFSA.

Consent and Deadlines Remain Important

Remember, all contributors listed on the FAFSA must provide consent for the Financial Aid Direct Data Exchange (DDX) process. For California residents, the CalGrant deadline remains April 2nd, requiring completion of both the 2024-2025 FAFSA and CalGrant GPA Verification submissions.

Your Next Steps: Seizing Financial Aid Opportunities

  1. Secure Your FSA ID: Ensure you and your parents acquire an FSA ID by clicking this link.
  2. Act Now: The FAFSA is open! Don’t delay—complete it at your earliest convenience for the 2024-2025 academic year. Click here to start.
  3. Consent to DDX: During FAFSA completion, ensure all contributors agree to the Direct Data Exchange (DDX) process, using 2022 tax information.
  4. Use LPU’s Federal School Code: Enter 016029 when completing the FAFSA to ensure proper consideration for financial aid.


This announcement signals the start of your path toward accessing vital financial aid, especially here at Life Pacific University. Take prompt action, follow these steps diligently, and begin the journey to secure the necessary support for a successful academic pursuit within our university!