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New App Aims to Make Federal Student Aid Form Easier

1:51 PM, Sep 27, 2018

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Gabriel Castaneda

In a world that is going mobile, so is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is more commonly known as FAFSA. But will it help parents and their children?

Every year thousands of students across the country who are attending college have to fill out their FASFA forms to obtain financial aid.

New App Aims to Make Federal Student Aid Form Easier

Like many people who have gone through this process, many know that it is a very complicated endeavor. Terms are complicated and completion takes multiple hours.

Now there’s an app that aims to make applying for student aid easier for parents and their children attending college.

The assistant director for Financial Aid & Scholarships at Florida Gulf Coast University said that the app is just another tool for students and, "a means to the FAFSA that’s most comfortable to them," Michelle Gonzalez said.

HelloSWFL spoke with Marissa Pendley, a mother of a high school senior, about her experience with FAFSA and the new app.

We sat down with Pendley and she downloaded the ' myStudentAid ' app on her tablet. Then, she started to follow the steps on the app but hit some glitches, leading to her frustration.

"I also can’t access the information by clicking on the question box, and it won’t let me turn the app this way so I can have a better view," Pendley said. "So that’s not easier."

Pendley will use her laptop for the rest of the FAFSA application. The descriptions were hard to see.

The FAFSA application does not fully open until Oct. 1 for the 2019-2020 school year. The deadline for the FAFSA application is June 30, 2020, which gives parents and their kids time to navigate and complete the financial aid documents on the app.

For now, if you download the "myStudentAid" app you can get a head start by setting up an id and getting your basic information in the app now.

If you need help with FAFSA, there are upcoming workshops in Collier County . Attendees will find help completing the FAFSA forms. They can speak with financial aid professionals about resources that are available to pay for their children's higher education.

The first event will take place on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School.

The second event will be at Immokalee High School on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the last event will be on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Gulf Coast High School.

To learn what to bring and how to prepare for these events, you can visit futurereadycollier.org .

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