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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


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.


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
  • 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 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!

Latest from FSA: New Online Training Module Available

August 15, 2018

FSA recently announced the availability of an online, self-paced training module focused on the Fiscal Operations Report for 2017-18 and Application to Participate for 2019-20 (FISAP). The training reviews sections of the FISAP, identifies changes made to the current FISAP, and discusses commonly made errors. The training is intended for financial aid and business office staff who are responsible for completing the FISAP, especially those who are new to completing the form.

The “Completing the 2019-2020 FISAP” training module is available on the Federal Student Aid E-Training website.

The FISAP is available on the Common Origination and Disbursement website, and must be submitted no later than Oct. 1, 2018 by schools that participate in the:

  • Federal Perkins Loan Program
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program
  • Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program

For more information, including details on logging in to the training, see FSA’s announcement.

Latest from FSA: The FAFSA Form is Going Mobile

July 25, 2018

FSA recently announced two new ways for students and parents to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form: a redesigned website and a new mobile app. These improvements focus on enhancing the FAFSA experience on mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

What’s new with

  • The site will now resize to fit on mobile devices, making it easier for students and parents to complete the FAFSA form using smartphones and tablets.
  • The page design of now has a more modern and user-friendly look and feel to improve the overall experience.
  • The “Help and Hints” display boxes have been replaced by new “tool tips.” Tool tips will provide easy-to-use contextual information as students and parents go through each FAFSA question.
  • To ease the students’ and parents’ navigation through the site, some questions on are now grouped in a different order. The questions are now displayed in a more user-friendly way, which may require fewer page views for students and parents.

The changes described above are only applicable to initial and renewal applications. Additional functions will be redesigned in subsequent phases.

FSA plans to announce more specific information about the mobile app, which will launch later this summer, in an upcoming announcement.

For more information, including a link a preview presentation, check out FSA’s announcement.




Latest from FSA: 2018 FSA Training Conference Registration Now Open

July 17, 2018

Atlanta Cityscape

FSA recently announced that registration and housing for the 2018 FSA Training Conference are now open.

The 2018 conference will take place from Nov. 27 -30, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information, check out FSA’s announcement.