The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online for 2015-16. High school seniors and their parents should fill out and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for financial aid and college scholarships.
Why is it important to file early? Many colleges award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. Keep these additional tips in mind as you fill out your FAFSA.
1. Check for errors before submitting. Before you file your FAFSA, check to make sure all the information is correct. Make sure names are spelled correctly and social security numbers are accurate. Confirm that all required fields are filled in appropriately. Errors may delay processing of aid or result in incorrect amounts of aid.
2. Enter college codes before you file. You can send your FAFSA data to up to 10 colleges at a time. Before you submit the form, add the FAFSA school codes for the colleges you’re considering or have already applied to.
3. Get help if you have questions. Contact the financial aid office at the colleges you’re considering if you have questions about filling out the FAFSA. They should be able to answer your questions, or point you to the right resource. Also check out the FAFSA website’s Help section to find answers to frequently asked questions.
4. Submit it by your college’s deadline. Most colleges have FAFSA filing deadlines or priority filing dates. Getting your FAFSA form in as early as possible will help ensure you’ll get the most financial aid possible.
Who We Are: Information you can trust. For 20 years My College Guide has produced an annual magazine chock full of free college info for high-achieving high school sophomores and another edition just for high-achieving juniors! Check out our participating colleges.
Subscribe to our blog via RSS or email and stay on top of everything college!