Applying for Federal Student Financial Aid Just Got Easier With This App

A person checks out the new FAFSA app
Financial aid has a new, free app for your FAFSA form called myStudentAid. Tina Russell/ The Penny Hoarder

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for.

No, it’s not the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones. It’s the opening day to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid — aka FAFSA  — for the 2019-20 school year.

FAFSA provides college students with federal aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans, all for filling out an extensive questionnaire.

Powering through the form has proved difficult for many — so much so that more than a million high school graduates skipped filling out the FAFSA in 2017, leaving behind more than $2.3 billion in unclaimed aid. Yes, that’s a billion with a B.

Now, for the first time ever, you can file the FAFSA from your phone.

Filling Out the FAFSA From Your Phone

If you’ve ever filled out the form with its more than 100 questions, then you know how painstakingly long the process takes, especially since you had to complete it on a desktop or laptop computer.

Now, with the new myStudentAid app, filling out the FAFSA is easier than ever, and you’re not chained to a computer.

More than 95% of Americans own a cellphone — including 77 percent who own a smartphone — according to the Pew Research Center, which means more students can fill out the FAFSA while they’re on the go.

Download the myStudentAid app from Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and apply start the process on your commute, in a waiting-room line or on your lunch break. You can apply anywhere your phone is.

You can also apply directly on the website, as it has been updated to be mobile-friendly and redesigned to fit the screens of any mobile device, including smartphones and tablets.

The FAFSA is a bit overwhelming. But remember, there’s probably free money for college at the end, so push on through. It’s so worth it.

If you want to keep your sanity, refer to our stress-free guide to filling out the FAFSA.

The FAFSA website is experiencing intermittent problems with its form today (hopefully that means an influx of excited students applying for aid on their phones), but don’t give up. Check back later because there’s really no excuse not to apply. We know you have your phone with you.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She used FAFSA to get free money for college.