Filing Your FAFSA On Time Can Save You Thousands of Dollars in College Financial Aid
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the standardized financial and demographic information form used by practically all schools and is administered by the Department of Education. The FAFSA can be completed as a paper form or on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If at all possible, complete the FAFSA online. It will reduce your headaches and possibility for error. This form can be completed anytime after January 1 of the student's senior year in high school.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid Facts
- Administered by the Department of Education
- Used by Almost All Colleges and Universities to Determine Financial Aid
- Critical You Complete in a Timely Fashion
- Requires at Least One PIN, Two if Student is a Dependent
Critical You Complete in a Timely Fashion
If you want to qualify for the most financial aid you MUST get this form completed and submitted to your desired colleges by their Finanacial Aid Priority Deadlines. Do not pay attention to deadlines described on the FAFSA website. (For purposes of maximizing available monies, they really mean nothing to you.) You can find the Financial Aid Priority Deadlines here on eduLaunchpad.com or on the college website. These are the dates that you must have a completed financial package at the university to be eligible for the maximum amount of funds.
Requires at Least One PIN, Two if Student is a Dependent
In order to complete the FAFSA, you will need two personal identification numbers or PINs. One PIN is for the student; the other is for the parent (if filing for a dependent student). These PINs will act as your electronic signature. You can provide a printed signature, but this can delay the process and is not recommended because time is of the essence when dealing with the FAFSA. You can obtain your PINs at www.pin.ed.gov.