The New FAFSA App: Applying for Financial Aid Is Now Easier

by Alyssa Burlingame, Editorial Intern

Applying for financial aid is an important task to complete before starting college, and it can play a key part in choosing where to attend. Whether you are a high school senior planning for your first year at college, or a returning undergraduate or graduate student, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form each year to see what financial aid options are available for you. And thanks to a new mobile app launched by the Department of Education, completing the FAFSA is now easier and more accessible than ever.

What is myStudentAid?

On August 15, the Department of Education launched the beta version of its new mobile FAFSA app, myStudentAid. The app allows students or parents to securely fill out and submit the FAFSA entirely from their mobile device. The full app with complete functionality is expected to release October 1, just in time for students and families completing the FAFSA for next year. In addition to starting or submitting a new FAFSA, you can also:

  • Correct a previously filed FAFSA
  • Renew an old FAFSA application
  • Edit or manage an FSA ID
  • Check federal loan and financial aid history

This FAFSA app is designed to be user-friendly for students and families, providing them with all the necessary information to walk through the process of completing the FAFSA. The app allows students and families to access and complete their financial aid paperwork from multiple devices, even starting on one device and finishing on another. The app also provides log-in options for both students and parents, so the experience is customized to the user.

In addition to the new myStudentAid app, the FAFSA website has been redesigned to be more user- and mobile-friendly. Previously, the website had to be accessed from a desktop computer, a challenge when 95 percent of Americans use mobile devices, according to the Department of Education Federal Student Aid office. Additionally, for some individuals and families, smartphones are their primary means of accessing the internet, making it important to provide financial aid access through those devices.

“Students and parents alike are more accustomed to using mobile platforms, and we’re excited to see how the new app will bring the FASFA application and information together in one place and make it more accessible to families as they apply for financial aid,” said Stephen Fahey, director of undergraduate financial aid at Azusa Pacific University.

Download the App Now

If you’re planning to apply for financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year, you can download the app now so you’ll be ready to complete the FAFSA when it’s available on October 1. The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android.