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Summary: First draft of the 2007-2008 FAFSA available for comment

Publication Date: June 7, 2006

Author: Jennifer Douglas, General Manager, Student Aid Awareness and Applicant Products and Services

Summary: First draft of the 2007-2008 FAFSA available for comment

Posted on 06-07-2006

The first draft of the 2007-2008 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available for comment. A Federal Register Notice opening the 60-day public comment period was published June 6, 2006. Comments on the draft FAFSA may be sent by e-mail to

We are proposing the following changes to FAFSA questions in order to be compliant with the Higher Education Reconciliation Act (HERA):

1) We added new questions for a student (and spouse) or a student and his/her parents asking about benefits they received from any of five means-tested federal benefit programs.
2) We added a new dependency question to allow a member of the U.S. Armed Forces serving on active duty for purposes other than training to be treated as an independent student for financial aid purposes.
3) We revised the question about drug-related offenses to reflect changes made under HERA.
4) We deleted the following questions for space reasons: questions 27 and 28 regarding the student's interest in student loans or work-study and questions 94-97 representing a fifth and sixth college choice. (Question numbers refer to the 2006-2007 FAFSA)

For detailed information on other changes proposed for the 2007-2008 FAFSA, see the Summary of Changes attached below.

Last Modified: 06/06/2006