fafsa mobile options

Posted : September 13, 2018
Last Updated : November 17, 2020

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 simplifies the financial aid process by offering mobile options to file the FAFSA. Did you know you can submit your FAFSA via your cell phone using the mobile-friendly version of the fafsa.gov website and the myStudentAid mobile app?

Mobile-Friendly FAFSA Website

You can submit your FAFSA on the fafsa.gov website using any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

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

myStudentAid Mobile App

You can also complete the FAFSA using the myStudentAid app, available on App Store or Google Play. The myFAFSA component of the app is used to submit the FAFSA form, which includes the following features:
  • Students and parents can begin, complete, and submit a new or renewal FAFSA form for the 2020-21 and the 2021-2022 FAFSA processing cycle.
  • Users will be offered a customized experience based on their role (student, parent, or preparer). The app provides guidance on how to complete the FAFSA questions, making the overall process more positive, engaging, and user-friendly.
  • 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.
  • Parents will be able to automatically transfer their information from a completed FAFSA form for one of their children into a new FAFSA form for another child.
  • Students and parents may 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.

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.
  • 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. Note: If you log in as a student on the myStudentAid mobile app and are eligible for a FAFSA renewal, the renewal form automatically displays. 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.

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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