Does FAFSA Simplification Change How Initial Pell Calculations Are Made?

Award Year: 2024-25 KA-36609 Helpfulness Rating 379 page views

This guidance is specific to the 2024-25 award year and later.

According to U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) FAFSA Simplification Questions and Answers, PEL-Q5/A5:

"No. An initial calculation is the first calculation made on or after the date the school has received a Department-produced SAI, such as the student’s initial FAFSA Submission Summary or ISIR with an official SAI, and that uses the enrollment intensity at the time of the initial calculation. If you’ve estimated the student’s eligibility before receiving a FAFSA Submission Summary or ISIR for the student, you must confirm prior estimated eligibility or determine the student’s eligibility at the time the FAFSA Submission Summary or ISIR is received.

For purposes of an initial calculation, schools may estimate a student’s intended enrollment using either a specific number of credits or a general status. For example, if a student expressed their intention to enroll “full time,” the school could translate “full time” to 100% enrollment intensity."

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