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2013 2014 free application for federal student aid fafsa on the web preview

2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web Preview


Disclaimer
Disclaimer

  • This is a preview of the 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web site.

  • The Web site is subject to change pending Office of Management and Budget approval.

  • FAFSA on the Web will be available for applicants to use on January 1, 2013.


Disclaimer1
Disclaimer

  • Some slides in this presentation have additional notes, which can be accessed through the notes view. Slides with notes are denoted with the image shown here:

  • Some slides in this presentation indicate if a change affects both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 applications. This is denoted with the image shown here:

2012-13 and 2013-14


2013 2014 fasfa schedule of events
2013-2014 FASFA Schedule of Events


Fafsa schedule of events
FAFSA Schedule of Events

  • November 2012 –

    • Postsecondary schools, high schools, libraries and community agencies can place orders for the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet from FSA’s bulk publications system located at FSAPubs.gov.

  • LateDecember 2012 –

    • Demonstration Site will be available December 30, 2012. (Details on how to access at end of PowerPoint)

    • PDF version of the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet (English or Spanish) may be obtained from fafsa.gov and StudentAid.gov.

    • FSA will begin shipping orders of the 2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet from the FSA Pubs order system.

    • Students and families will be able to request up to three copies of the paper FAFSA (English or Spanish) by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center.


  • Fafsa schedule of events1
    FAFSA Schedule of Events

    • January 1, 2013 –

      • The 2013-2014 application will become available on FAFSA on the Web.

    • January 2, 2013 –

      • The Central Processing System (CPS) will begin processing 2013-2014 applications.

    • January 17 - January 24, 2013 –

      • Renewal Reminders will be sent electronically to renewal-eligible applicants who have not yet filed a 2013-2014 FAFSA.

  • February 3, 2013 –

    • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will become available to applicants.

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    2013 2014 fafsa on the web changes
    2013-2014 FAFSA on the Web Changes



    Eligibility criteria rule change1
    Eligibility Criteria Rule Change

    • New ATB rule eliminates federal student aid eligibility for students without a certificate of high school graduation or recognized equivalent effective July 1, 2012. It does not affect students who were enrolled in a Title IV-eligible program prior to July 1, 2012.

    • New text on the FAFSA4caster “College Cost Worksheet” page, the FAFSA on the Web “Confirmation” page, and the Confirmation e-mail will inform applicants that eligibility for federal student aid is dependent on meeting eligibility guidelines.

    • The “Am I eligible for student aid?” help topicwill be modified to reflect new eligibility rules.



    Eligibility Criteria Rule Change

    “eligibility criteria” hyperlink opens the updated “Am I eligible for student aid?” help topic.




    Require response to high school question1
    Require Response to High School Question

    • FAFSA on the Web applicants who answer “High School Diploma” to the High School Completion Status question will be required to answer the following questions regardless of grade level:

      • High School Name

      • High School City

      • High School State

    • Questions will display based on responses to related questions within the FAFSA.


    High school required logic
    High School Required Logic

    For 2013-2014, high school name, city and state must be entered if applicant indicates he/she has or will receive a high school diploma, regardless of grade level.



    Clarify next steps
    Clarify Next Steps

    • The “Confirmation” page, “My FAFSA” page, and student and parent Student Aid Report (SAR) processing notifications will be modified to improve the messaging for applicants about the next steps to take after completing the FAFSA.


    Clarify next steps1
    Clarify Next Steps

    • New text:

      • You will be notified when your FAFSA is processed.

      • Your FAFSA information will be made available to your school(s), and they will use it to determine the aid you may be eligible to receive.

      • Your school(s) will contact you if they need more information or when they are ready to discuss your financial aid award.

      • If you have questions about your financial aid package, contact your school(s).


    Clarify Next Steps

    Next steps are identified on the

    “Confirmation” page


    Clarify Next Steps

    Next steps are identified on the “My FAFSA” page.


    Clarify Next Steps

    Next steps are identified on the FAFSA Processing Results e-mail.


    Clarify income entry for estimators
    Clarify Income Entry for Estimators

    • Instructional text will dynamically display in both application and correction entry for a student or parent that selects “Will file” as the filing status.

    • The new text will provide instructions on estimating tax and financial information.

    • Help topics will clarify instructions for answering income questions.


    Clarify Income Entry for Estimators

    This message will display on the Student or Parent Finances 2 pageif the user selects ‘Will File’.


    Clarify Income Entry for Estimators

    Applicants who selected ‘Will file’ and access corrections will be prompted to update their tax return status.

    If an applicant selects ‘Already Completed’ he or she may be eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.



    Improve irs data retrieval tool instructions
    Improve IRS Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

    • Two aspects of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be updated to improve instructions to applicants. The changes include:

      • Redesigned IRS Data Retrieval Tool filtering questions.

      • Enhanced help text.


    Improve IRS Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

    Enhanced IRS Data Retrieval Tool help topic will provide details about who might be able to use it and how it should be used.


    Improve irs data retrieval tool instructions1
    Improve IRS Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

    • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool filtering questions will be revised by replacing the checkbox format with questions requiring a “yes” or “no” response.

    • The “recently filed” question will include more detailed information to define who should answer “yes.”


    Improve IRS Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

    Current functionality for 2012-2013 displays check boxes to determine eligibility to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. The first two questions display for married filers only.


    Improve IRS Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

    New functionality for 2013-2014 displays radio buttons. The first two questions display for married filers only.


    Improve irs data retrieval tool instructions2
    Improve IRS Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

    • The “Leaving FAFSA on the Web” page that students and parents see when linking to the IRS site will be enhanced to clarify what will happen to income information already entered on the FAFSA if IRS data is transferred.

    • This change affects both application and correction entry.

    2012-13 and 2013-14




    Add irs request flag as criteria for certain edits1
    Add IRS Request Flag as Criteria for Certain Edits

    • The system will be updated to no longer trigger certain edits that require applicant resolution when data is transferred from the IRS and not changed.

      • Rejects 3 and 12

      • Rejects C and G

      • Cross Year edit

      • Adjusted Gross Income warning edit (both parent and student data must be retrieved from IRS and remain unchanged)


    Add irs request flag as criteria for certain edits2
    Add IRS Request Flag as Criteria for Certain Edits



    Enhance browser detection logic1
    Enhance Browser Detection Logic

    • Supported Browsers – Browser detection logic will be updated so all new browsers are considered to be supported.

    • The unsupported browser message that was displayed previously on the “Login” page will be removed.

    • Only browsers with known compatibility issues with FAFSA on the Web will be blocked.


    Enhance browser detection logic2
    Enhance Browser Detection Logic

    • The “Incompatible Browser” page will be renamed “Blocked Browser” page.

    • Wording on next steps for the user will be revised to provide clearer messaging.

    • Browser version text will be revised to state that the earliest supported version of each browser and above can be used.


    Enhance browser detection logic3
    Enhance Browser Detection Logic

    Help topic that explains compatible browsers.



    Social network sharing
    Social Network Sharing

    • Applicants using FAFSA on the Web will have the opportunity to update Facebook and Twitter after they have completed the FAFSA.

    • The “Confirmation” page will have:

      • A Facebook “Share” button

      • ATwitter “Tweet” button

      • A prefilled message included in the language in which the user is viewing the Web site (English or Spanish).


    Social network sharing1
    Social Network Sharing

    The social networking functionality will be located on the bottom of the “Confirmation” page.


    Social network sharing2
    Social Network Sharing

    Example Twitter messaging

    Example Facebook message


    Retired web site urls
    Retired Web Site URLs


    Retired web sites
    Retired Web Sites

    • Existing links to studentaid.ed.gov, college.gov, federalstudentaid.ed.gov, and ombudsman.ed.gov will be replaced with links to StudentAid.gov

    • The “PSA” page will be removed from FAFSA on the Web and the current home page link will be replaced with links to new videos on StudentAid.gov and the FSA YouTubepage.

    2012-13 and 2013-14



    Increased emphasis on pin signatures
    Increased Emphasis on PIN Signatures

    • For a student in an original application and a parent in an initial, renewal or correction transaction, “Sign Electronically With My PIN” will be the default signature option.

      • The exception is individuals who possess a Social Security Number of all zeros (applies to parents only) or beginning with 666.

    • Users will be able to view other options for signing by clicking the new “Other options to sign and submit” link.

      • The system will display options to “Print A Signature Page” or “Submit Without Signatures”, along with text explaining the benefits of electronic signatures.


    Increased emphasis on pin signatures1
    Increased Emphasis on PIN Signatures

    Increased emphasis to use PIN for electronic signature.


    Other Signature Options

    After clicking the other options link, the “Print A Signature Page” and “Submit Without Signatures” options display.


    Increased Emphasis on PIN Signatures

    If the preparer’s response is “Yes”, special messaging displays with all three signature options.


    Eliminate pin mailers
    Eliminate PIN Mailers

    • PIN mailers will no longer be generated.

      • All other PIN options will remain (e-mail, display on the screen, or self-select).

    • PINs will no longer be automatically generated for FAFSA filers if a valid e-mail address is not provided.


    2013 2014 web demonstration site
    2013-2014 Web Demonstration Site

    • FAFSA on the Web and FAA Access to CPS Online demonstration sites available December 30, 2012

      • To access sites, go to http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov

      • Enter:

        • User Name: eddemo

        • Password: fafsatest


    Summary
    Summary

    • This presentation provides information and screen shots that identify 2013-2014FAFSA on the Web enhancements.

    • FAFSA on the Web will be available for applicants to use on January 1, 2013.

    • You may use the Demonstration site to preview 2013-2014 functionality beginning December 30, 2012.


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