Who are Contributors on the FAFSA 2024-25?

Contributor is a new term introduced on the 2024-25 FAFSA form. It refers to anyone asked to provide information on a student's FAFSA form, i.e., the student, the student's spouse, a biological or adopted parent, or the parent's spouse (stepparent).

How are Contributors determined?

The student's or parent's answers on the FAFSA will determine which contributors (if any) will be required to provide information.

What do Contributors need to provide?

These contributors will be invited to complete their portion of the FAFSA form by entering their name, date of birth, Social Security Number, and email address. They must also provide personal and financial information in their sections of the FAFSA form.

What are the steps Contributors must follow?
  • Contributor receives an email informing them that they have been identified as a contributor.
  • Contributor creates a StudentAid.gov account if they do not already have one.
  • Contributor logs in to the account using their FSA ID account username and password.
  • Contributor reviews information about completing their section of the FAFSA form.
  • Contributor provides the required information on the student's FAFSA form.
What if I am a Contributor and do not want to provide my information in my student's FAFSA?

If a required contributor refuses to provide their information, it will result in an incomplete FAFSA form and the student will become ineligible for federal student aid.

What if my parents are divorced? Who is the contributor to my FAFSA?

Students that live with a single/divorced/widowed parent and receive the most support from that parent, will report only one parent on the FAFSA.

The parent included in the FAFSA as a contributor must be the parent who provides the greater portion of the student's financial support. If that primary parent is remarried, the income of that parent's spouse (stepparent) will also be required.

Why does the FAFSA 2024-25 require consent from students and contributors?

According to the Future Act, all students and contributors must provide consent to the following:

  • Have their federal tax information transferred directly into the FAFSA form via direct data exchange with the IRS;
  • Have their federal tax information used to determine the student's eligibility for federal student aid; and
  • Allow the U.S. Department of Education to share its federal tax information with postsecondary institutions and state higher education agencies for use in awarding and administering financial aid.
  • Important: Even if students or contributors do not have a Social Security Number, did not file taxes, or filed taxes outside of the U.S., they still need to provide consent.
What if I don't want to provide consent as a student or a required contributor?
  • If a student or required contributor doesn't provide consent to have their federal tax information transferred into the FAFSA form, the student will not be eligible for federal student aid—even if they manually enter tax information into the FAFSA form.
  • Information about how federal tax information will be used and the consequences of not providing consent will be included on the FAFSA form.
  • Legal parents must provide consent to transfer federal tax information, even if one of the parents did not file or had no income. If parents fail to provide consent, the student will not be eligible to receive federal student aid.