The Top 8 Tips On Filling Out A FAFSA

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 Senior Taylor Stewart filled out a long, exhausting form for federal aid.  Many people fill this out with their parents due to the excessive amount of information they need to know, ranging from social security number to family income. Stewart is one of the very few seniors that has filled out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) with confidence. FAFSA is a form that can be prepared every year by current or prospective students in the United States to determine if they are eligible for federal aid.

 

Here are the few steps to get you started.

 

  1. Create an account    

        -An username and password is required to create a FAFSA account online.

        -”Through creating it, it will ask about basic information like your name and social security.” senior Taylor Steart said.

2. Start the FAFSA form as soon as possible

     3. Make sure you have all your documents and information ready.

          -”You just need to have all your information together because it’s going to be a long process,” Stewart said.

         – This is includes Your name, date of birth and so on.

      4.. List the schools you want your FAFSA to be sent out to.

               -Make sure you add the colleges you’re interested even if you haven’t been accepted into that college yet.

      5. Answer the dependency status questions.  

               -In this section, you will be asked questions on whether you are required to give parent information on the FAFSA form.

      6.Fill out the parents demographic section

        -In this section, your parents are required to give basic demographic information. Even if you are classified as “independent”  it is still required for you to provide your parents information.

     7.Don’t think your capable of getting aid? Fill it out anyway.

     8. Fill out form completely

        – An excessive number of spaces may cause miscounts and an application dismissal. Enter a ‘0’ or ‘not applicable’ rather than leaving blank fields.

 

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