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
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/fsa-id/create-account 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 the 2020–21 FAFSA processing cycle.
- 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.
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.
2021–22 FAFSA® Materials and Websites
In late July 2020, we'll provide a table showing sites, forms, worksheets, and other resources related to the 2021–22 FAFSA form, indicating when each item is expected to be available.