2020-2021 FAFSA and myStudentAid Mobile App Now Available

2020-2021 FAFSA and myStudentAid Mobile App Now Available


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 academic year opened on October 1, 2019 at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. The aid application process is annual and students must reapply for financial aid each year. Students should submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA if they will be enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year and plan to file for federal financial aid. Columbia University encourages all eligible students interested in applying for financial aid to complete the aid application process as soon as possible.


Applying for Aid


There are now two ways that students can apply:

Online via https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Downloading the myStudentAid mobile app


Students and parents can complete the 2020–2021 FAFSA using the myStudentAid mobile app. Students and parents may download the myStudentAid app in both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android). The myFAFSA component—which is used to complete the FAFSA form—is the app’s featured function. The app provides guidance on how to complete the FAFSA questions, making the overall process more engaging and user-friendly.


Key features of myFAFSA include:

Students and parents may begin, complete, and submit a new or renewal FAFSA form for the 2020–2021 FAFSA processing cycle.

Users will be offered a customized experience based on their role (student, parent, or preparer).

Users will have a secure experience with the same data protections as completing the FAFSA form through https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

Students and parents may use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to electronically transfer federal tax return information into a FAFSA form.

Students and parents from participating states will be eligible to transfer their FAFSA information into their state aid application. Participating states include Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

Students will be able to view additional information about the schools they selected on their FAFSA form for easy comparison of schools.


Tax Data


The 2020-2021 FAFSA requires 2018 tax and income data. The most reliable way to complete the FAFSA with accurate tax information is by using the online IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) within the FAFSA application. As an added security measure, when linking to the IRS website from the FAFSA website, applicants will not be able to see the tax data on the DRT web page, nor will it be visible on the FAFSA website when transferred into the FAFSA form.

Visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to submit your application or download the mobile app from the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

For more information regarding financial aid, visit www.sfs.columbia.edu.