Can a FAFSA Be Submitted Without Consent and a Signature?

Award Year: 2024-25 KA-36925 Helpfulness Rating 2,761 page views

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

Yes, but the student will not be eligible for Title IV federal student aid. In order to be eligible for Title IV aid, all required contributors (student, spouse, parents, as applicable) must provide consent and approval to transfer federal tax information (FTI) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the FAFSA using the FUTURE Act Direct Data Exchange (FA-DDX). If any required contributor does not provide the required consent and approval, the FAFSA is rejected, no student aid index (SAI) is calculated, and the student is not eligible to receive Title IV.

A contributor can correct this by adding a signature at a later date. If they filed the online FAFSA, they will submit a correction online. If they submitted the paper FAFSA without a signature, they can either:

This is not something the school can do on the contributor's behalf. See AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A, Can a School Collect FAFSA Signature Pages Starting With the 2024-25 Award Year?

See the FAFSA Specifications Guide, Volume 7 – Comment Codes for the related comment codes (search/find "consent").

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