Federal Student Aid (FSA) is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. FSA provides more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying college or career school. This page provides a selection of FSA resources for students and parents. This page will be updated periodically. Additional information and resources can be found on the FSA website (Spanish).
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)
“But first, FAFSA®” is the FAFSA® awareness campaign for the 2019–20 application cycle. The campaign encourages students and parents to fill out the FAFSA® form as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on financial aid. The resources also inform students about Federal Student Aid’s new mobile app called myStudentAid, which allows users to fill out the FAFSA® on their mobile devices.
Filling out the FAFSA® form is the first step to getting financial aid. It is the application required by all schools in awarding federal student aid to those who qualify.
The FAFSA® form helps you get access to get:
- Federal grants
- Federal student loans
- Federal work-study
- State loans
- State grants and scholarships
- Grants and scholarships from other organizations
To make it easier, there are two ways designed to help you complete your FAFSA® form:
- Download the myStudentAid app (available on iOS and Android) and conveniently fill it out on a mobile device
- Or visit fafsa.gov to complete the FAFSA® form on your mobile device or laptop. For Spanish speakers, you can complete the FAFSA® form here.
State and School FAFSA® Deadlines
State and School FAFSA® deadlines vary. Click here to determine your state’s and school’s FAFSA® deadline.
Fill out the FAFSA® form today!
Check here for the latest announcements on federal student aid programs
MyStudentAid Mobile App
The main component of the mobile app is myFAFSA:
- Students and parents may begin, complete, and submit a new or renewal FAFSA® form for the 2019–20 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. Note: This functionality is not currently available but is planned for a future update of the app. (Timing TBD.)
- 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.
In addition to the features provided by myFAFSA, the myStudentAid mobile app provides links to the following services:
- Profile: manage username and password (FSA ID)
- myFederalLoans: view federal student aid history
- myCollegeScorecard: view and compare information about schools
- Contact Us: get in touch with Federal Student Aid contact centers to have questions answered
- StudentAid.gov: access Federal Student Aid’s key source of information about the federal student aid programs, application process, and loan repayment options
Federal Student Aid Videos on the Federal Aid Process
Overview of the Financial Aid Process
Types of Federal Student Aid
More Federal Student Aid videos can be found on their YouTube channel.
Federal Student Aid Resources (English and Spanish):
Federal Student Aid Website Resources:
Federal Student Aid Printed Materials
As of Aug. 30, 2018, FSA will no longer print or deliver FSA publications.
FSA’s current offering of publications and resources will continue to be available electronically.
- You can visit the Financial Aid Toolkit’s resource page for tools and resources (including electronic versions of publications) that you can use in your financial aid awareness outreach to students and parents.
- Please direct students and parents to StudentAid.gov/resources so they can view electronic versions of publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help them prepare and pay for college or career school. StudentAid.gov is FSA’s informational website for students, parents, and borrowers.
Printed copies of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form will continue to be made available. Students and parents who do not have access to the internet can request a printed-out copy of the FAFSA PDF (in English, Spanish, or Braille) by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 334-523-2691 (TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913). FSA will no longer provide bulk shipments of FAFSA forms to institutional customers (e.g., high schools and postsecondary schools).