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New FAFSA Mobile Options

New FAFSA® Mobile Options

This summer we're introducing 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.

Now Available: Redesigned, Mobile-friendly FAFSA® Website
Coming Soon: FAFSA® Completion on myStudentAid Mobile App
Anticipated Impact on Students and Families
Anticipated Impact on Schools, Partners, and Stakeholders
Resources for Reference and Outreach

Now Available: Redesigned, Mobile-friendly FAFSA® Website

The fafsa.gov website has an updated look 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:

  • The "Help and Hints" display box has been replaced by "tool tips" that provide information about each FAFSA question.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.

Coming Soon: FAFSA® Completion on myStudentAid Mobile App

Later this summer, the myStudentAid mobile app will launch. The initial version of the app will feature the myFAFSA component, which can be used to complete the FAFSA form. Subsequent versions will offer additional functionality. We will update this announcement with further details once the app launches.


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 will customize the screens it displays based on a user's role, providing students and parents with an improved experience that will make it easier to complete the FAFSA form. Plus, students and parents will 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. 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.
  • 2018–19 FAFSA Screen Shots (aka FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation) — Presentation that provides screen shots of the 2018–19 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.

Wed Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2018