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2020–21 FAFSA Form Available on myStudentAid App and fafsa.gov
2020–21 FAFSA® Form Now Available
The 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form is available to students and parents to complete through the myStudentAid mobile app and the fafsa.gov website.
myStudentAid Mobile App
Students and parents can complete the 2020–21 FAFSA form using the myStudentAid app. Students and parents may download the myStudentAid app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or the Google Play store (Android). The myFAFSA component—which is used to complete the FAFSA form—is one of the app's featured functions. Note: If students and parents downloaded the app prior to Sept. 29, they must update the app to access the 2020–21 FAFSA form.
The following are key features of myFAFSA:
- Students and parents may begin, complete, and submit a new or renewal FAFSA form for both the 2020–21 and 2019–20 FAFSA processing cycles.
- Users will be offered a customized experience based on their role (student, parent, or preparer). The app provides guidance on how to complete the FAFSA questions, making the overall process more positive, engaging, and user-friendly.
- Users will have a secure experience with the same data protections as completing the FAFSA form through fafsa.gov.
- Students and parents may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to electronically transfer federal tax return information into a FAFSA form.
- Parents will be able to automatically transfer their information from a completed FAFSA form for one of their children into a new FAFSA form for another child.
- Students and parents may be eligible to transfer their FAFSA information into their state aid application. Participating states include Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
- Students will be able to view additional information about the schools they selected on their FAFSA form for easy comparison of schools.
- Students will be able to view their Student Aid Report.
In addition to the features provided by myFAFSA, the myStudentAid mobile app provides links to the following services:
- Profile: manage account username and password (FSA ID)
- myChecklist: use a financial planning tool that offers next step information for users at all stages of the federal student aid process
- myFederalLoans: view federal student aid history
- myCollegeScorecard: view and compare information about schools
- Contact Us: get in touch with Federal Student Aid contact centers to have questions answered
- StudentAid.gov: access Federal Student Aid's key source of information about the federal student aid programs, application process, and loan repayment options
Did you know that counselors and advisors can use the mobile app as well? If you're helping a student fill out the FAFSA form, you can select the "I am a Preparer" option, where you'll be asked to enter your FSA ID. (You must have an FSA ID to use the mobile app.) Let us know what you think of the app by leaving a comment at the Apple App Store or the Google Play store.
Mobile-friendly FAFSA® Website
The fafsa.gov website fits the screen size and shape of any device, including desktop or laptop computers and mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. Students and parents can complete the FAFSA form on a mobile device with the same ease as on a desktop or laptop computer.
Resources for Reference and Outreach
The resources below will be particularly useful as you prepare to help students with the FAFSA form and the mobile app. You also may wish to browse our full selection of FAFSA resources.
- StudentAid.gov/mobilefafsa—Announcement familiarizing students and parents with the FAFSA changes. Send your students to the StudentAid.gov/mobilefafsa URL, not to this Financial Aid Toolkit site.
- FAFSA demo site—Demonstration site with a sample FAFSA form, where counselors can increase their understanding of fafsa.gov and show it to students before they apply.
- FAFSA® Updates—Financial Aid Toolkit page that provides counselors and college access mentors with the latest forms and information associated with the FAFSA process.
- Digital Outreach Resources—Financial Aid Toolkit page that presents social media and blog posts that you can use in your outreach.
October 01, 2019