Filing Your FAFSA Form Online? There’s An App For That.

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Today I’m featuring a guest post by Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward. You can see over 50 reviews of LAUNCH here.

Are you parenting a student of any age who’ll be in college next fall? If so, one of your most important tasks this year will be to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after October 1st as possible. This applies to every student and every parent—no exceptions.

Are you convinced that for you, filling out the FAFSA will be a waste of time—because you make far too much money to qualify for any college aid? Check out this article on 7 Reasons to Fill Out FAFSA Even if You’re Rich.

And then get out your smartphone.

As of October 1st, 2018, you can fill out the FAFSA on your phone.

For years, students and parents filling out the FAFSA were required to complete the form using desktop computers. In 2018, though, a new, mobile-friendly version of FAFSA was released.

Here, 8 things you’ll need to know before you fill out the FAFSA on your phone.

  1. It’s a little easier to avoid overwhelm when you fill out the FAFSA on your phone, because you see only one question per screen.
  2. Families can start filling out the form on one device, and finish it on another.
  3. Students away from home can start filling out the FAFSA on their smartphones, and then ask mom or dad to log in and finish up the more complicated financial details.
  4. If someone in your family has already filled out parts of the form, don’t tap the “Start Over” button when you log in to complete it. You’ll accidentally erase all the information entered by the previous person.
  5. For most families, multiple signatures will be required before the FAFSA can be officially submitted. Pay careful attention to the signature process, and make sure you complete all the necessary signature steps.
  6. The “IRS Data Retrieval Tool” (DRT)typically makes transferring detailed financial information to the FAFSA from tax forms easy and seamless. The problem with filling out the FAFSA on your phone is that the IRS online experience is not yet perfectly mobile friendly, so accessing the IRS information on your phone may require a lot of scrolling and pinching and zooming.

The easy solution? If you do fill out the FAFSA on your phone, just switch over to your desktop computer when it’s time to add your tax information.

  1. Make sure the kids you care about get all the money they have coming to them—avoid these 30 Common FAFSA Mistakeswhen filling out the FAFSA form.
  2. To fill out the FAFSA on your phone, download the myStudentAid app from the Apple App Store, or from Google Play for Android devices.

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What about you?

Have you filled out a FAFSA form on your phone? What was your experience like? What advice do you have for others? Comment below.

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author, academic strategist, and speaker. Her writing and speaking help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

Jeannie Burlowski is not affiliated with Focus Financial or Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.