PHEAA & PDE Partner to Promote the First Steps of the FAFSA Process, Encouraging Students & Families to Prepare Now

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
(PHEAA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) together are encouraging collegebound students and their families to take the first step in the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process now, to prepare for the form’s launch in December 2023.

The FAFSA for the upcoming academic year is typically available on October 1, but it was delayed this year as the FAFSA undergoes changes as a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act. The 2024-25FAFSA will be available in December 2023.

“While the FAFSA itself will not be available until December, students and families can be proactive and take the first critical step in the financial aid process now,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “Every applicant needs their Account, or FSA ID, to successfully submit their FAFSA and now is the perfect time to accomplish that step.”

The Account (FSA ID) is a username and password combination used to log in to U.S. Department of Education (ED) online systems. Students and parents will each need their own unique Account number; they should not create one on the other’s behalf. They must visit to create their account. They’ll need their Social Security number, full name, date of birth, along with a mobile phone number or email.

“At PHEAA, it’s part of our public service mission to guide families through the college-planning process,” said Senator Wayne D. Fontana, PHEAA Board Chairman. “PHEAA Higher Education Access Partners are available to guide students and their families through every step of the way – from creating the FSA ID, to successful FAFSA submission.”

PHEAA will host a free virtual webinar, “Creating Your Federal Student Aid Account (FSA ID)” on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 PM (ET) to walk attendees through the process of creating an account.

“Most students receive some type of financial aid and so we encourage everyone that plans to attend college to fill out the FAFSA,” said James H. Steeley, PHEAA President and CEO. “Our free events are the perfect time to get personal guidance from our higher education experts.”

Additional FAFSA Overview Line by Line virtual webinars will be held in early 2024, once the FAFSA has launched.

Students and families can register to participate in any of these virtual events at