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Drexel Commitment: 2024

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that they will be delayed in providing universities with Free Application for 2024–2025 Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data until mid-March, preventing schools from creating financial aid packages for students that accurately reflect the amount of federal aid they will receive. We understand how important it is for students to have concrete, accurate financial aid information when they make their college decision, and we want to do all that we can to alleviate their concerns. That's why we're proud to present the Drexel Commitment: 2024.

Through the Drexel Commitment: 2024, the University is guaranteeing the total award estimate provided to prospective first-year students in their financial aid packages from Drexel, allowing them to make informed decisions regarding their college decision without having to wait for official FAFSA data results. This award amount is determined using information from each student’s CSS Profile, allowing the University to create an individualized estimated total including a federal grant aid amount that they are likely to receive — and we are committed to standing behind that number. If a student’s actual federal aid eligibility results in a lower amount than the estimate we provided, the University will ensure additional funding sources cover the difference.

In order to take advantage of the Drexel Commitment: 2024, students must file both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA by March 1.

Learn more about the financial aid process for prospective undergraduate students.

Adding or Dropping Courses for Winter 2023–24

The last day to add/drop a course with academic advisor assistance for the winter 2023–24 quarter is Friday, January 12, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Learn More about Add/Drop

Sign Up for Direct Deposit To Receive Faster Refunds

Students — you are able to have any eligible refunds sent directly to a bank account of your choosing!

Direct deposit is the preferred method for receiving your student refund. When you sign up for direct deposit, Drexel will deposit your student refund into the checking or savings account of your choice. For more information on the direct deposit process, as well as instructions to sign up, visit Direct Deposit.

Important 2024–2025 FAFSA Updates

For the 2024–2025 aid year, the FAFSA process has gone through significant changes. Read more about the changes below.

The FAFSA Is Changing...Here's What You Need To Know:

  • The Department of Education has begun a soft launch of the 2024–2025 FAFSA and the form is now available at the Federal Student Aid website. Throughout this soft launch, this overhauled application may become temporarily unavailable as the Department of Education continues to perform required site maintenance. Drexel recommends monitoring the Federal Student Aid website and completing the FAFSA when you see it is available.
  • Ee recommend completing the FAFSA as soon as possible. In particular, any admitted Early Action or Early Decision student who received estimated federal financial aid in their package based on their CSS Profile should file a 24–25 FAFSA as soon as it becomes available.
  • Drexel will not begin receiving FAFSA data until February 2024. Submitted FAFSA forms won’t be reflected in student’s portals until this time. As a reminder, Drexel's FAFSA school code is 003256.
  • The delay in the opening of the FAFSA is a result of the FAFSA Simplification Act passed by Congress in 2020, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which triggered a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to award federal student aid in the U.S.
  • The changes include updates to the FAFSA form itself, the need analysis that determines federal aid eligibility, changes in terminology, and many policies and procedures for schools that participate in federal student aid programs.
  • Full implementation of the major changes will occur during the 2024–2025 award year (starting fall 2024).
  • Revised methodology will be introduced to calculate and determine applicant eligibility with a new need-analysis formula.
  • Resources for completing the FAFSA form will be expanded to include the 11 most common languages spoken in the United States.

Some Changes to the FAFSA Include:

  • The FAFSA will be more user-friendly with a streamlined format, the maximum number of questions reduced from 108 to 46, and the application will maximize the use of previously collected data.
  • Students may also now list up to 20 colleges instead of the previous 10.
  • The Student Aid Index (SAI) is replacing Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as a terminology update.
  • Moving forward, the Cost of Attendance (COA) will be the starting point for calculating the SAI. COA includes direct costs (charges for which the University bills you directly) and estimated indirect costs (living expenses) to fund educational expenses for a year.
  • Foster, homeless, and unaccompanied youth, as well as applicants who cannot provide parental information, will be able to complete the form with a provisional independent student determination and receive a calculated SAI.
  • Anyone asked to provide information on the aid application, such as the student, spouse, student’s parent(s), and/or stepparents(s), is now called a “contributor” in the application.
  • All contributors must give their consent to provide their Federal Tax Information (FTI) in the new Consent to Retrieve and Disclose Federal Tax Information section of the FAFSA for federal student aid eligibility. A student's or parent's answers on the FAFSA will determine which contributors (if any) will be required to provide information. And those contributors will receive an email informing them that they've been identified as such. If any contributor to the FAFSA form does not provide consent, submission of the form will still be allowed; however, a Student Aid Index (SAI) will not be calculated.
  • Applicants will be required to provide consent for the Department of Education to receive tax information or confirmation of non-filing status directly from the IRS using the IRS Direct Data Exchange. In a very small number of cases, students and families will have to enter their tax data manually; but for most, that data will be automatically transferred into the application.
  • For dependent students, the Custodial Parent on the student's FAFSA will be the parent(s) who provided them with more financial support, instead of the parent(s) with whom they lived with more during the past 12 months.
  • There will be a two-step verification process and all FAFSA contributors must have an FSA ID to log into the online form. There will be a new process to get an FSA ID for parents and spouses without a Social Security number.
  • Applicants will be asked to report their sex, race, and ethnicity on the FAFSA form, but students will be offered a choice of “Prefer Not to Answer.” Schools and state agencies won't see the responses to these questions.

FAFSA Updates for Calculating Federal Aid Eligibility:

  • The formula for calculating the Student Aid Index (SAI) is: COA – SAI = financial need.
  • The new need-analysis formula removes the number of family members in college from the calculation, allows a minimum SAI of -$1,500, and implements separate eligibility determination criteria for Federal Pell Grants based on federal poverty levels and family size.
  • Child support received will be included in assets and not as untaxed income.
  • Family farms and small businesses must be considered in the need-analysis calculation. When required, families must now report the value of their small business or family farm. If the family farm includes the principal place of residence, applicants should determine the total net value of all farm assets and subtract the net value of their principal residence to determine the final value of their farm assets.

View the FAFSA Simplification Act for more information.

Summer PA State Grant Application

The 2023 Pennsylvania (PA) Summer State Grant online application is now available. This online application is mandatory for all students that are Pennsylvania residents seeking a 2023 summer term PA State Grant, including those attending year-round programs. The filing deadline is August 15, 2023, and timely filing is the student's responsibility.

Complete Your Application Today