FAFSA on the Web Simplification 2010-2011
This is a preview of the 2010-2011 FAFSA on the Web (FOTW) site. The web site is subject to change and OMB approval prior to system implementation on January 1, 2010.
There are significant changes to the FOTW site for the 2010-2011 application processing cycle. • Easier URL – www.fafsa.gov • The application steps are shown across the top of the page. • Help text has been added to every page in a Help and Hints box on the right-hand side of the page. • Status messages will now display above the Help and Hints box on the right side of the page. • Student or Parent indicators are now shown on pages that are specifically student or parent. • Student only and Parent/Student combined pages are BLUE in color. • Parent only pages are PURPLE in color.
For enhanced security, the Virtual Keyboard icon is available on the Student’s Social Security Number and Student’s Date of Birth fields. • The Virtual Keyboard will display when the student selects the icon next to the question and will disappear when the student selects the icon again.
The Introduction Page contains links that will display the appropriate text when the link is selected.
When the user selects a link on the Introduction Page, the text will expand. • The “NEED HELP?” button will open the same topic on all pages within FOTW.
The “NEED HELP?” text directs users to use the “Help and Hints” box located on the right-hand side of every page.
The Student Demographics Information page is the first page of the application that collects the student’s basic information.
Enhanced Logic for Determining State of Legal Residence. When a student has not selected their state of legal residence, the new screening question will say “Have you lived in your state for at least 5 years?”
If the student selects their state of legal residence as Florida, the new screening question will say “Have you lived in Florida for at least 5 years?”
If the student has not lived in their state of legal residence, two more questions will display. • If the student incorrectly selects No and changes their answer to Yes the two questions will no longer display.
The student is given the option to provide their driver’s license information. • If the student indicates they would like to provide their driver’s license information, two questions will display. • If the student does not indicate they want to provide this information the two questions will not appear.
The Student Eligibility page collects basic Title IV eligibility information, such as citizenship and drug convictions.
If the student’s grade level is other than Never Attended or if the student indicates they have received federal student aid in the past, the student will be asked to answer the drug conviction question(s).
The status message on this page indicates early Title IV eligibility for the student based on their valid Social Security Number, citizenship status, and drug convictions.
The navigation of the application is shown across the top of each page. • If the student has completed a step the step is dark blue with a red underline. • If the student is currently on that step it is white. • Informational messages are shown in a blue box.
If you perform an action that is successful, the system will provide you with a GREEN box and a success message.
Student’s are asked if they would like to provide information about their college enrollment plans. • If the student indicates they would like to provide this information, the enrollment status, types of aid, and TEACH grant questions will be asked.
The first three dependency status questions are pre-filled based on answers the student provided earlier in the application.
Error messages are shown in a RED box at the top of the page and lists multiple errors at one time. • The error graphic is also shown next to each question that will need to be answered or corrected.
Questions will display one at a time based on previous answers. • Once a question is answered as Yes, the remaining questions will not display.
The Special Circumstance page is shown to a dependent student. • The content has not changed, however, the layout of the page is different.
Pages that contain only parental questions are now PURPLE. • Basic demographic information for the parents is collected on the Parent Demographic Information page.
If the student’s parent is single, divorced, or widowed, the student will only see questions for the one parent. • The Virtual Keyboard icon is present for the parent’s Social Security Number and Date of Birth.
The parent financial information is collected on two Parent Financial Information pages. • The questions display dynamically based on how the user answers each question. • For example: If the parent indicates they filed a 1040A or 1040EZ we do not display the question asking whether they are eligible to file a 1040A or 1040EZ
If the parent indicates “Not going to file” for the 2009 IRS income tax return, they are presented the earned income and dislocated worker questions. • The Adjusted Gross Income question is not presented because the parent indicated they will not file a tax return.
The Additional Financial Information and Untaxed Income questions are all shown in a check box format. • The parent is instructed to check all that apply.
When the parent selects a check box, the full FAFSA question will appear with a text box to provide a dollar amount.
If the student indicates they are “Not going to file” an IRS income tax return for 2009, they are presented the earned income question. • The Adjusted Gross Income question is not presented because the student indicated they will not file a tax return.
The Additional Financial Information and Untaxed Income questions are all shown in a check box format. • The student is instructed to check all that apply.
The Academic Competitiveness Grant Eligibility page collects all of the information necessary to receive this grant. • If the student is eligible for the grant, this is the final page of the Financial Information section of the application.
Questions on this page are presented to the student based on the answer to previous questions.
The signature process, for the student and parent, is contained within one page. • There is no side bar indicating Student or Parent since this is a combined page. • If the student would like to review their information before signing their FAFSA, they will need to click on the “View or Print your FAFSA information” link at the top of the page.
If the student selects the “View or Print your FAFSA information” link at the top of the Sign & Submit page, their information will display in this format.
The Sign & Submit page now includes the signature process for the student and parent.
The confirmation number will contain the student’s randomly generated identification number. This will replace the student’s current confirmation number which is composed of their Social Security Number and first two letters of their last name.
Login Page 2009-2010 2010-2011
When an application is not found the 2009-2010 process takes you to a new page to show you the information. In 2010-2011, the information will be shown on the same page you are currently on. 2009-2010 2010-2011
In 2009-2010, a student would have to click on “NEED HELP?” at the bottom of the page, then select the exact question they would like to have help on, then be provided with the help for that question. 2 1 2009-2010
In the 2010-2011, the Help and Hints will display information about each question on the page the question displays. If the student would like more information, they can click on More>>> and the information will appear. This is only one step compared to the two steps from the previous year. 1 2010-2011
Comparison The Additional Financial Information and Untaxed Income is shown on two pages in the 2009-2010. 2009-2010
Comparison In the 2010-2011, the Additional Financial Information and Untaxed Income questions are all shown on the same page. 2010-2011
The previous screens represent a sample of the pages which will be found within the 2010-2011 FAFSA on the Web website.FAFSA on the Web will be available for applicants to use on January 1, 2010. You may use the FAFSA on the Web Demo site to preview the 2010-2011 application and correction processes beginning mid December 2009. (FAFSA on the Web Demo site information is on the next page)
The FAFSA on the Web Demo Site • URL • http://fafsademo.test.ed.gov • User Name • eddemo • Password • Fafsatest • Availability • 2009-2010 FAFSA on the Web Demo is available now • 2010-2011 FAFSA on the Web Demo will be available beginning mid December 2009
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