It’s that time of year again! I’m not talking about taxes.
You DO need your tax return, but that is only part of it. Any guesses?
It’s FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid. I personally applied last year at this time and here are some of the things I learned. If you are returning to school or have a child in going or in college, you need to read this.
Deadlines: There are several deadlines that you need to take into consideration – federal, state and the college you will be attending. The federal deadline is June 30. The Connecticut deadline is February 15. Deadlines for your state can be found at fafsa.ed.gov.
How to Apply: First, you need to go to the FAFSA.gov and start your application. Online application are easy, but as with anything, take your time and enter your information correctly. Don’t hit enter yet.
Double Check Before Submitting! If you didn’t qualify, it could be because of wrong or inaccurate information. Did you know that incorrectly filled out applications is the reason why most government grants are denied?
Do Your Income Taxes Right Now: You will have to link your tax return to the application.
“Sign” Your Application: How can you provide your signature on an internet document. You will use a PIN that is provided for you when you start the application process.
Need Help? Either contact the college or university financial aid office, read the instructions directly on the FAFSA’s website or call the number listed there.
First Come, First Served: Remember, that sometimes award monies are based on first application in – first application out. The earlier you submit your application the better, as the money goes fast.