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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 fafsa.gov 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 fafsa.gov?

  • 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 fafsa.gov 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  • The “Help and Hints” display boxes have been replaced by new “tool tips.”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 fafsa.gov 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 fafsa.gov 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 fafsa.gov 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.

ICYMI: UPDATED Direct Loan Interest Rate Flyer

July 10, 2018

As of July 1, FSA’s 2018-2019 Direct Loan interest rates are in effect. The new rates apply to Direct Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2018 and before July 1, 2019.

We’ve updated our interest rate flyer with the new rates. Print and keep it by your desk for quick reference, or share it with your students. Head to our library to download the new flyer.

Check Out the UPDATED Direct Loan Interest Rate Flyer

July 3, 2018

As of July 1, FSA’s 2018-2019 Direct Loan interest rates are in effect. The new rates apply to Direct Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2018 and before July 1, 2019.

We’ve updated our interest rate flyer with the new rates. Print and keep it by your desk for quick reference, or share it with your students. Head to our library to download the new flyer.

Wishing you a Happy Independence Day!

June 28, 2018

The Fourth of July is almost here, and it’s time for you to get out of the office and celebrate with friends, family, food, and fireworks.

As we take a break to celebrate our independence, we want to take a moment to thank you for being great to work with. We hope you have an opportunity to enjoy family and friends as you celebrate, as well.

From our team to yours, Happy Fourth!

Latest from FSA: New Reports Posted to FSA Data Center

June 22, 2018

FSA recently announced the posting of new reports, along with a series of updates to quarterly reports, to the FSA Data Center. These new reports provide insight into the demographics of federal student loan borrowers.

Along with the announcement, FSA details key findings from the reports, including:

  • Differences in debt size by borrower age
  • How the federal student loan portfolio is distributed across the U.S.
  • The outstanding federal student loan portfolio
  • Trends in Income-Driven Repayment Plans, delinquency rates, and default

For more details and to review the key findings from these reports, check out FSA’s announcement.

Coming Soon: Updated Interest Rate Chart

June 18, 2018

On July 1, FSA’s 2018-2019 Direct Loan interest rates will be in effect. The new rates apply to Direct Loans first disbursed between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

We’ll update our interest rate chart so that you can keep the new rates handy or share them with your students. Don’t forget to head to our library the week of July 2 to download the new chart. And, in the meantime, check out what else is available in our library. From our budgeting worksheet to our guide to student loan terminology, we have an abundance of information for you and your students.  Read more…