Good news to everyone who fills out a FAFSA… and that should be all of you! The Department of Education has rolled out a new FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) app, myStudentAid, alongside the 2019-2020 FAFSA. Officials expect it to be fully functional when the FAFSA window opens on October 1, 2018. It promises to make filling out the FAFSA easier for both students and their parents. Welcome to the 21st Century, Department of Education!
While the FAFSA will continue to be the same length as always, myStudentAid seeks to help streamline the process and make it less painful on both students and parents.
How myStudentAid Can Help You
With the app, students and parents will be able to fill out sections of the FAFSA directly from their phones. They’ll also be able to invite each other to fill in certain parts of the application, allowing each to switch back and forth between desktop and mobile… and you won’t need to start the process over! You’ll even be able to sign the form electronically directly from the app.
The EFC, or Expected Family Contribution amount, will appear as soon as the FAFSA is submitted. Families will also know the amount of aid they are eligible to receive. The Department of Education stresses that the app is secure, and uses the same data protections as the FAFSA form through fafsa.gov.
It’s An App World
For a generation of students more comfortable with their phones than a desktop or laptop screen, myStudentAid could help incentivize the two out of five high school seniors who don’t submit a FAFSA at all! It’s a little crazy to consider that billions of dollars in aid is being left on the table!
Updated September 19, 2019