Posted Date:October 2, 2018
|Author:||Federal Student Aid|
Subject: The 2019-20 FAFSA® Form and myStudentAid Mobile App are Now Available
The 2019-20 FAFSA® Form Is Here!
The 2019-20 FAFSA cycle began on Oct. 1. The application is available until June 30, 2020—but be sure to remind your students that some funds are limited, so it’s a good idea to apply as soon as possible. There are two ways that students can apply:
Online via fafsa.gov
- By downloading the myStudentAid mobile app
Key features of fafsa.gov
Students and parents may complete and submit a 2019–20 FAFSA form on fafsa.gov. The site was recently redesigned so that the form pages fit the screen size and shape of any device, including desktop or laptop computers and mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. With the redesign, students and parents can complete the FAFSA form on a mobile device with the same ease as on a desktop or laptop computer.
To promote a more integrated user experience, the FAFSA home page has been migrated to StudentAid.gov. Students and parents should continue to type fafsa.gov into their browser bar, and they will be automatically directed to the FAFSA home page. In addition, as students and parents complete the form, they will be able to provide feedback on the helpfulness of the Tool Tip text for the FAFSA questions. We plan to use their feedback to make future improvements to the text.
Key features of myFAFSA
Students and parents can complete the 2019–20 FAFSA using the myStudentAid mobile app. Students and parents may download the myStudentAid app in both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). The myFAFSA component—which is used to complete the FAFSA form—is the app’s featured function. The app provides guidance on how to complete the FAFSA questions, making the overall process more engaging and user-friendly.
Key features of myFAFSA include:
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).
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.
Students and parents from participating states will 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.
Updated FAFSA Resources
Federal Student Aid (FSA) staff members have been busy updating FAFSA resources for you. You'll find resources, updates, and FAFSA talking points on the Financial Aid Toolkit site. (Remember, the Financial Aid Toolkit is for you, the counselor, mentor, or financial aid professional. Send students to StudentAid.gov/fafsa for FAFSA information.)
Digital Outreach Resources
Visit financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/digital-outreach to access sample social media posts, blog posts, infographics, videos, and fact sheets that you can use to promote FAFSA completion. Resources will be updated monthly.
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