25 Valuable Resources to Help Students with FAFSA

The following resources have been provided by Federal Student Aid an Office of the U.S. Department of Education.

  1. The new FAFSA for the 2014-15 school year is now available! Let the funds begin: www.fafsa.gov
  2. One thing you don’t need for the FAFSA? Money! Remember, the FAFSA is FREE when you use the official .gov site: www.fafsa.gov
  3. The first “F” in FAFSA stands for FREE. You never have to pay to complete the application. Find the official FAFSA here: www.fafsa.gov
  4. Federal Student Aid has $150 billion to help you pay for college. The only way to qualify is to fill out the FAFSA. Don’t leave $ on the table: www.fafsa.gov
  5. Some financial aid is awarded on a 1st come, 1st served basis, so complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Check your school & state FAFSA deadlines here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm
  6. On average, you can complete the online FAFSA in just 23 minutes! That’s probably less time than it takes to watch your favorite TV show. So, what are you waiting for? Complete the FAFSA today: www.fafsa.gov.
  7. In order to sign and submit your FAFSA online, you’ll need a Federal Student Aid PIN. Don’t have one? Apply: https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/appinstr.jsp. Can’t remember yours? Go here: https://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/PINServlet?state=100&locale=en_US
  8. There’s NO income cut-off for federal student aid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8JuaYVJ_LE. Everyone should fill out the FAFSA: www.fafsa.gov
  9. Quick guide to filling out the FAFSA: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out. Don’t feel like reading? Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRyXfUStHO0
  10. Are you required to provide your parents’ information on the FAFSA? Find out: http://visual.ly/fafsa-do-i-have-provide-my-parents-informationVideo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEbxaRjlLus
  11. Haven’t filed taxes yet? You can still complete the 2014-15 FAFSA! Just use your 2012 taxes to estimate the information for now, and then update your FAFSA once you have filed your 2013 taxes. Here’s how: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out?sf8340064=1#financial-info
  12. You do NOT need to wait until you file your taxes to complete the FAFSA. Complete the FAFSA using income estimates, and then update the FAFSA once you file your taxes. Here’s how: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/filling-out#financial-info
  13. Completing the FAFSA is not a one-time thing. You must complete a FAFSA each school year. The good news? If you have completed the FAFSA in the past, a lot of your info will roll-over automatically. Try it: www.fafsa.gov
  14. Confused about the financial aid process? Let us walk you through it step by step:Infographic: http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/financial-aid-process.png Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJ55UWMEFE
  15. Whoa! Check out all the different types of financial aid we offer: http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/types-of-aid.png. Only way to qualify is to complete the FAFSA: www.fafsa.gov.Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn4OECMTh5w
  16. The FAFSA has gotten easier! You can now transfer the tax info you submitted to the IRS directly into your FAFSA. Here’s how: https://studentaid.psu.edu/tutorials/irs-data-retrieval-tool
  17. Tired of scanning confusing tax documents to answer FAFSA questions? You may be able to transfer your tax info into the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Here’s how: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/irshlp9.htm
  18. Did you know that you can add up to 10 colleges to FAFSA? If you’re applying to more than 10, this is what you do: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/help/fotwfaq14.htm
  19. March is a huge month for FAFSA deadlines! Make sure you check both your state AND school deadlines and apply by whichever comes first: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm
  20. Federal student aid isn’t just for undergrads. There’s financial aid for grad students too! http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/graduate-professional-funding-info.pdf
  21. PARENTS: Confused about the financial aid process? Learn how you can help your student prepare: http://studentaid.ed.gov/resources/parents
  22. Finished your FAFSA? Find out what you can expect next: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-stepsVideo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxorQ9s_pY
  23. Don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your FAFSA is up to date. Here’s how to correct or update your FAFSA so that your financial aid isn’t delayed: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/correct-update
  24. Have you been selected for verification? If your school asks for additional documentation to verify the data on your FAFSA, provide what is requested ASAP so your financial aid isn’t delayed.
  25. If you’ve already completed your FAFSA, you may be wondering when you’ll get your financial aid. This might help: http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/next-steps/receive-aid

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