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2019–20 FAFSA Form Available on myStudentAid App and fafsa.gov

2019–20 FAFSA® Form Now Available With More Mobile Options

This summer we introduced two new ways to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form: a mobile-friendly version of the fafsa.gov website and a mobile app. Both are now available for the 2019–20 FAFSA cycle.

Now Available: 2019–20 FAFSA® Form on myStudentAid Mobile App
Also Available: Redesigned, Mobile-friendly FAFSA® Website
Anticipated Impact on Students and Families
Anticipated Impact on Schools, Partners, and Stakeholders
Resources for Reference and Outreach

Now Available: 2019–20 FAFSA® Form on myStudentAid Mobile App

New! Students and parents can complete the 2019–20 FAFSA form using the myStudentAid app. Students and parents may download the myStudentAid app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). The myFAFSA component—which is used to complete the FAFSA form—is the app's featured function. Note: If students and parents downloaded the app prior to Oct. 1, they must download an update to access the 2019–20 FAFSA form.

The following are key features of myFAFSA:

  • Students and parents may begin, complete, and submit a new or renewal FAFSA form for the 2019–20 FAFSA processing cycle.
  • 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. Note: This functionality is not currently available but is planned for a future update of the app. (Timing TBD.)
  • 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.

In addition to the features provided by myFAFSA, the myStudentAid mobile app provides links to the following services:

  • Profile: manage username and password (FSA ID)
  • 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 App Store or Google Play.

Also Available: Redesigned, Mobile-friendly FAFSA® Website

In July 2018, the fafsa.gov website was updated with new colors and has been redesigned so that the site pages will fit 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 now complete the FAFSA form on a mobile device with the same ease as on a desktop or laptop computer.

The new design of fafsa.gov also offers the following features, among others:

  • The "Help and Hints" display box has been replaced by "tool tips" that provide information about each FAFSA question.
  • While the number of questions on the FAFSA form remains the same, the questions are displayed in a more user-friendly way, with some now grouped in a different order to ease navigation through the site.

Anticipated Impact on Students and Families

Making the FAFSA form accessible through a mobile device—both through fafsa.gov and the app—provides students and their parents with improved options for completing the form.

The refresh of the fafsa.gov design offers uniformity and standardization of the FAFSA form online, whether it's completed on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop.

The mobile app customizes the experience based on a user's role, making it easier for students and parents to understand and complete the FAFSA form. Plus, students and parents have the ability to switch between a mobile device and a desktop or laptop while completing the FAFSA form.

Anticipated Impact on Schools, Partners, and Stakeholders

FSA believes these changes will help schools, partners, and stakeholders assist applicants with navigating and completing the FAFSA form more efficiently.

Resources for Reference and Outreach

The resources below will be particularly useful as you prepare to help students with the newly redesigned 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.
  • 2019–20 FAFSA Screen Shots (aka FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation)—Presentation that provides screen shots of the 2019–20 fafsa.gov application. Feel free to use the screen shots as you compile your own presentations.
  • 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. Bonus: With the launch of the 2019–20 application and myStudentAid mobile app, we've added a section with outreach resources providing 2019–20 messaging.

October 02, 2018