Check out the FAFSA Help Guide eBook | 01.16.12
It’s FAFSA season again, and thanks to FAFSAOnline.com, we’re providing students and families with a downloadable FAFSA Help Guide to the online form. This detailed guide will answer the most common questions about filing the FAFSA, as well as provide some useful tips to help you get the most financial aid. Best of all, it’s free!
What information can you find in the FAFSA guide?
- Filing your FAFSA before taxes
- Tax credit information
- Determining a student’s dependency status
- Defining a parent
- Using IRS Data Retrieval
And much more!
Here’s a brief excerpt from the guide:
- When the FAFSA refers to “I”, “You”, “Your”, etc. it is referring to the student! (not the parent, family, or FAFSA preparer)
- Always double check even basic items, such as your address and ZIP code.
- Nothing will kill a FAFSA faster than errors or omissions! Check everything!
- Colors matter and each year’s FAFSA is different. Student-related items are in orange on the paper FAFSA, blue if you’re filing online; Items for the parent(s) are in purple.
- The FAFSA is free. You do not need to pay for it.
- File your FAFSA as early as possible! Some federal financial aid is allotted on a first come, first served basis, so if a student with greater need applies later than a student with lesser need, the student with lesser need will get more financial aid because they were in line sooner. File your FAFSA as soon after January 1 of each year as possible to ensure you are awarded the maximum amount of financial aid you are eligible for.
So if this is you’re first time filing, or you need a refresher for this year, make sure to take advantage of this FAFSA guide walk-through!
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