Learn what's new with the FAFSA® process and materials.

Find the latest Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) news and documents.

FAFSA Updates

Wondering what's planned for the upcoming FAFSA® season? Or when that important document will be ready so you can use it with your students? You've come to the right place.

FAFSA® News and Enhancements
Changes on the 2020–21 FAFSA® Form
Availability of FAFSA® Materials and Websites
2020–21 FAFSA® Materials and Websites
2019–20 FAFSA® Materials and Websites


FAFSA® News and Enhancements

In the following sections of this page, you'll find the latest scoop on enhancements to the current FAFSA forms or plans for next year's FAFSA form.


Note: We'd like to request that you encourage students and parents to create FSA IDs as soon as possible, especially if they think the Social Security Administration might have incorrect information for them in its files. Send students and parents to StudentAid.gov/fsaid for information about the FSA ID and a link to create an FSA ID. Meanwhile, we've developed several resources to help you get the word out about the FSA ID.


Changes on the 2020–21 FAFSA® Form

The 2020–21 FAFSA changes include the following:

  • To promote a fully integrated user experience, fafsa.gov has been synchronized with the myFAFSA component of the myStudentAid mobile app, allowing applicants and parents to seamlessly transition from one application source to the other.
  • On the myStudentAid mobile app, 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.
  • Due to the elimination of IRS Forms 1040 A and 1040 EZ, Schedule 1 questions were added to determine students' eligibility for the Automatic Zero of an Expected Family Contribution and the Simplified Needs Test. Learn how to help students and parents with the Schedule 1 questions.
  • Students can access and view their Student Aid Report on the myStudentAid mobile app.

Learn more about the mobile-friendly fafsa.gov website and the myStudentAid app.

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Tell your students: the first F in "FAFSA" stands for "free!" There are websites at which students can get help filing the FAFSA® form for a fee. These sites are not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). We urge you to advise your students not to pay these sites for assistance that is provided for free at ED's website.


Availability of FAFSA® Materials and Websites

FAFSA documents and websites become available throughout the late summer and early fall. Keep up with anticipated availability here.

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2020–21 FAFSA® Materials and Websites

FAFSA® Document or Website Availability Estimate
fafsa.gov Available now
PDF FAFSA form (English) Available now
PDF FAFSA form (Spanish) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (English) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (Spanish) Available now
Student Aid Report sample (English) Available now
Student Aid Report sample (Spanish) Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample (English) Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample (Spanish) Available now
FAFSA demo site updated for 2020–21 Available now
Completing the FAFSA® Form discontinuation Available now
fafsa.gov screen shots (aka "FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation") Available now
myFAFSA Preview Presentation (screen shots) Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes (Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System) Available now
FAFSA4caster (English) Available now
FAFSA4caster (Spanish) Available now
Federal School Code List (English) Available now
Federal School Code List (Spanish) Available now

2019–20 FAFSA® Materials and Websites

Below is a table showing sites, forms, worksheets, and other resources related to the FAFSA form itself. You also may want to use the Search Tools and Resources and Resources search functionality to find resources related to FAFSA outreach in general.

FAFSA Document or Website Availability Estimate
fafsa.gov Available now
PDF FAFSA form (English) Available now
PDF FAFSA form (Spanish) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (English) Available now
FAFSA on the Web Worksheet PDF (Spanish) Available now
Student Aid Report sample (English) Available now
Student Aid Report sample (Spanish) Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample (English) Available now
SAR Acknowledgement sample (Spanish) Available now
FAFSA demo site updated for 201920 Available now
Completing the FAFSA Form Available now
fafsa.gov screen shots (aka "FAFSA on the Web Preview Presentation") Available now
myFAFSA Preview Presentation (screen shots) Available now
EFC Formula Guide Available now
FAFSA summary of changes (Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System) Available now
FAFSA4caster (English) Available now
FAFSA4caster (Spanish) Available now
Federal School Code List (English) Available now
Federal School Code List (Spanish) Available now

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