fafsa mobile options

Posted : September 13, 2018
Last Updated : September 13, 2018

fafsa mobile options

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by students applying for federal student aid. The FAFSA is also used by many states and colleges to determine a student's aid eligibility. Remember to submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of the year prior to your college start date, so you can meet deadlines for school, state, and private aid.

The Department of Education has taken steps to simplify the financial aid process by offering mobile options to file the FAFSA. You can now submit the FAFSA via your cell phone using the mobile-friendly version of the fafsa.gov website and the myStudentAid mobile app.

Mobile-Friendly FAFSA Website

The fafsa.gov website has been redesigned to fit the size and shape of any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

The new design of the fafsa.gov also offers the following features:
  • Tool tips that provide information about each FAFSA question
  • Questions that are displayed in a more user-friendly way to ease navigation through the site

myStudentAid Mobile App

Department of Education officials expect the myStudentAid mobile app to be fully functional for FAFSA completion by October 1, 2018, when student can begin applying for financial aid for the 2019-2020 school year.

The initial version of the app will only allow students to complete the FAFSA form, but subsequent versions will offer additional functionality. In the future, the app will allow students to access information about their loans, set up payment plans, fill out and update checklists, check their credit scores each month for free, and freeze and unfreeze credit reports.

What to Know When Completing the FAFSA on the Web

  • You will need an FSA ID. An FSA ID is required to sign the online application. On May 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN with the FSA ID in order to increase security for users. If you haven't logged into a Federal Student Aid site (such as fafsa.gov) since this date, you will need to create an FSA ID before you can log in going forward.
  • One parent should also create an FSA ID. This is for students who are required to submit parental information. You and your parent may not share an FSA ID, as it serves as a signature and must be unique to each person.
  • If you filed a FAFSA last year, you can complete the online Renewal FAFSA. After you log in to FAFSA on the Web, a FAFSA Renewal button will display if you submitted a previous year FAFSA and are eligible to file a FAFSA Renewal. A FAFSA Renewal application has some of the information pre-filled from the previous year FAFSA you submitted. You will still have to provide financial information and your school codes.

Be sure to check studentaid.ed.gov for continued updates about the FAFSA mobile options. If you are having trouble filling out the FAFSA, please contact someone in a college financial aid office or the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-4-FED-AID.

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