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Latest from FSA: 2019-20 FAFSA.GOV Preview Presentation Now Available

October 19, 2018

FSA recently published a PowerPoint presentation with information pertaining to the 2019-20 FAFSA.gov website. The presentation provides financial aid administrators, mentors and counselors with screen shots to use as reference tools for internal staff training or high school financial aid night presentations.

In addition to this presentation, FSA has posted detailed information about FAFSA.gov enhancements to the 2020 Summary of Changes for the Application Processing System guide.

For more information, including links to download the PowerPoint presentation and access a web demonstration, see FSA’s announcement.

Latest from FSA: The 2019-20 FAFSA Form and myStudentAid App are Here

October 4, 2018

The 2019-20 FAFSA cycle began Oct. 1, and FSA recently announced the availability of two ways for students and parents to apply: 1) Online at fafsa.gov, or 2) Via the myStudentAid mobile app.

Fafsa.gov users will benefit from a recent site redesign that includes the ability to complete the FAFSA across multiple devices. The website will now adjust FAFSA pages to fit the size and shape of multiple devices, including computers, mobile phones, and tables.

The myStudentAid mobile app offers students and parents a new option for filling out the FAFSA.  The myStudentAid app features myFAFSA, a mobile-friendly way to not only complete the FAFSA, but gain guidance on how to answer FAFSA questions. The myStudentAid app is available for download via the Apple App Store and Google Play,

For more information about the 2019-20 FAFSA, including key features and details on updated resources, check out FSA’s announcement.

4 Ways Student Borrowers Can Avoid Delinquency and Default

September 14, 2018

 

When student borrowers struggle to make student loan payments, stress often follows. The potential ramifications of delinquency or default can keep student borrowers encountering financial hardships up at night.

We’re here to help. The Nelnet Library offers a tip sheet with four easy ways to consult with Nelnet about options to get better control of student loans.

Student borrowers who need help can connect with us through our website, email, phone, and web chat. All of these options will connect students to associates who will assist them in finding the best options when avoiding default and delinquency. This printer-friendly PDF also reminds students to take control of their student loans and contact Nelnet for help when needed.

Having a student loan can be stressful when payment difficulties arise. Remember that Nelnet is here to help students have great student loan experiences.

Check out the Nelnet Library for this and other great default prevention resources.

From the HOMEROOM: 3 Types of FAFSA Deadlines Students Should Pay Attention To

September 13, 2018

The team at the Department of Education’s HOMEROOM blog recently published a post that lays out three FAFSA deadlines that every student should know: school, state, and federal.

The blog post describes each deadline, explaining why they exist and offering tips on meeting them. If even lays out the consequences of missing said deadlines.

We recommend checking out this post and sharing it with your students as they prepare to begin the 2019-20 FAFSA.

 

Latest from FSA: 2018-19 myStudentAid Mobile App Preview Presentation

September 12, 2018

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FSA recently posted a PowerPoint presentation with information and screenshots of the myStudentAid mobile app, featuring myFAFSA.  The presentation is designed to provide financial aid administrators, mentors, and counselors with screen shots that can be used as a reference tool for the 2018-19 myFAFSA. FSA is encouraging schools to use this information for internal staff training or other outreach activities.

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For more information, including a link to download the presentation, check out FSA’s announcement.

Latest from FSA: The myStudentAid Mobile App is Now Available

August 17, 2018

FSA recently announced that the myStudentAid app is available for download from the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). The app, part of FSA’s initiative to improve the FAFSA experience on mobile devices, provides the following functionality:

  • myFAFSA: complete the FAFSA safely and securely from your mobile device
  • Profile: edit/manage an FSA ID
  • myFederalLoans: view federal student loan and aid history
  • Studentaid.gov: access FSA’s signature source of information on student financial aid products, processes and services
  • Contact Us: contact information for FSA’s contact centers

The app’s current featured function – myFAFSA – is in beta form and allows customers to begin, complete, and submit a new FAFSA for the 2018-19 FAFSA processing cycle, all within a secure channel offering the same data protections as fafsa.gov. It also offers customized user experiences based on whether the user is a student, parent, or preparer.

For more information on the myStudentAid app, including links for downloading, see FSA’s announcement.

Three Ways Your Students Will Benefit from Our Updated Live Life Smart Guide

August 16, 2018

Do your students know the role of a loan servicer?

Are they aware of the importance of checking their credit reports?

Can they tell you the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans?

Whether you answered “yes,” or “no,” to these questions, there’s a good chance that your students can benefit from our updated Live Life Smart Guide. This comprehensive guide includes a variety of worksheets, infographics, and glossaries designed to help students increase their financial literacy. Here are just three of the outstanding ways your students can benefit the guide.

Understanding the life of a student loan

A student submits a FAFSA, but what happens next? Our informative infographic walks students through the stages in the life of a student loan, from planning for school through repayment.

Avoiding Identity Theft

Identity theft is real and it can have long-lasting effects. The threat is terrifying, but there are precautions that students can take to minimize their risk. Our guide to avoiding identity theft not only provides hints to avoid identity theft, but offers steps to follow should they fall victim.

Learning the lingo

Financial aid terminology can seem like its own language. Your students will soon be expert translators, though, thanks to our Student Loan Terms to Know. The glossary contains definitions to over 100 common student loan terms, helping your students become fluent in “Studentloanish.”

Once again, our Live Life Smart Guide is bursting at the virtual seams with content. It’s simple. It’s full of information to help your students be smart borrowers. And it’s free. Check out the updated Live Life Smart Guide in our library today!