Launch of the 2024–25 FAFSA® FormThere are major changes and improvements coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. As a result, the new form will be available in December 2023, not Oct. 1.
The launch date will apply only to the 2024–25 FAFSA form.
The changes to the FAFSA form for the 2024–25 aid year include expanded eligibility for federal student aid and a more streamlined application process.
Visit https://studentaid.gov/help-center/answers/article/fafsa-simplification-act for more information.
Fall Semester is Upon Us!Our office is currently experiencing extremely high call volumes, emails, and appointment requests. We encourage you to navigate our website to find many common answers. Rest assured, all emails and voicemails will be answered as soon as possible. If your matter is urgent, we encourage you to visit us in person. Appointments are not required. We ask for your patience during this exceptionally busy time of year. We look forward to assisting you soon and welcoming you to campus this upcoming semester!
PLUS Loan Applications
2023-2024 PLUS Loan Applications and detailed instructions ARE NOW AVAILABLE via our forms page.
Catholic University uses our individual PLUS Loan application. We do not participate in the application process through StudentAid.gov. Applications from our forms page must be submitted to our office.
SAVE Repayment Plan Offers Lower Monthly Loan Payments
The Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan replaces the existing Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) Plan. Borrowers on the REPAYE Plan will automatically get the benefits of the new SAVE Plan.
The SAVE Plan, like other income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, calculates your monthly payment amount based on your income and family size. The SAVE Plan provides the lowest monthly payments of any IDR plan available to nearly all student borrowers.
Learn more at https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/save-plan.
Avoid the “Financial Hardship Department” Email Scam
Many federal, state, and private organizations have become aware of a nationwide "Financial Hardship Department" scam email. Our office will not call or email to ask for your social security number or bank account information. Communications are always handled by phone and email at https://financial-aid.catholic.edu/contact-us/.
Legitimate financial institutions and government agencies do not ask for personal information over the phone, through email, or via text message, especially without verifying the identity of the person they are speaking with. If you receive a phone call, email, or text message like the Financial Hardship Department scam:
- Do not reply to the email or call the phone number provided in the message.
- Do not click on any links or download any attachments provided in the email. They may contain malware or viruses that can harm your device.
- Do not provide any personal information, such as your Social Security number, bank account information, or credit card information.
Scam AlertThe Internal Revenue Service warned of an ongoing IRS-impersonation scam that appears to primarily target educational institutions, including students and staff who have ".edu" email addresses. The IRS will never ask for personal details over email or on websites outside of IRS.gov. Visit IRS.gov to Learn More
Assistance for Students with Children in Daycare:You may be eligible for a federal subsidy to defray your cost of daycare. The University has received a federal grant to provide low-income students with subsidies for care from licensed providers. Low-income undergraduate and graduate students from all Catholic University schools are eligible. For information, go to https://metro.catholic.edu/stu
dent-experience/ccampis/index. html or reach out to Dr. Vincent Kiernan, Dean of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by 334 Pangborn.
Appeal of Extraordinary CircumstancesThe Catholic University of America understands that the pandemic has impacted many students and
families. Both the US Dept. of Education and University policy allow us to take into
consideration the many unfortunate financial circumstances students may have
experienced. Our office is afforded the opportunity to review many situations to make
sure your FAFSA accurately reflects your current financial situation. Learn more about Appeals.