5 Fast Facts That Will Help Make Filling Out FAFSA a Breeze

"It's that time of year again when parents and college or college-bound students fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The idea of wading through a form – especially one that requires financial information – is definitely not an appealing idea, but the FAFSA could be a tremendous help in getting your student money to attend college," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. 

"...The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators points out some common mistakes that can delay your form's submission or cause you to not get the aid and scholarships you might qualify for. They include the following:

Leaving some fields blank – Instead, put in a '0' or 'not applicable.'

Listing an incorrect Social Security or driver's license number – It pays to recheck these numbers.

Failing to use your legal name – Use the name on your Social Security card, not a nickname.

Forgetting to list colleges – Even if you're not sure of which college you'll be attending, add any reasonable possibilities to the list of colleges that will receive your information. You're under no obligation to apply to or attend these colleges, and they can't see which other colleges you're interested in."

NASFAA's "Headlines" section highlights media coverage of financial aid to help members stay up to date with the latest news. Inclusion in Today's News does not imply endorsement of the material or guarantee the accuracy of information presented.

 

Publication Date: 12/14/2017

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