Changes to the FAFSA Process for 2020-2021

The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is available for students and parents to complete through the myStudentAid mobile app. This tool will allow you to easily complete your FAFSA on your cell phone.

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Mobile App

You can use the myStudentAid mobile app to do the following:

  • Begin, complete, and submit a FAFSA form for the 2020-2021 FAFSA processing cycle
  • Get guidance on how to answer the FAFSA questions
  • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to electronically transfer federal tax return information into a FAFSA form. Please note: for the 2020-2021 school year, you will need 2018 tax returns.
  • Manage your FAFSA ID (your username and password)

In addition, parents can use the app to transfer data from one child’s FAFSA form to a new FAFSA form for another one of their children.

First-time Filers

Did you know that you might be eligible for financial aid to help pay for college? Start the process by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). The FAFSA will be available starting October 1 for students who plan to attend college for the following academic year which begins in September.

The FAFSA asks for information, such as your name and Social Security number, as well as information about your financial situation.  After you submit the FAFSA, watch for offers of financial aid from colleges you applied to and have listed on the FAFSA.  Make sure you compare the aid offers to see which school offers the best combination of net cost and “fit” for your academic needs.

Get ready for the FAFSA by creating an FSA ID, a username and password combination that you’ll use to sign the FAFSA and access certain websites related to your federal student aid.

Visit the StudentAid website to find out how to fill out the FAFSA and create your FSA ID, what information is needed for the FAFSA, and what happens after the FAFSA