Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Get ready to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early in January. The FAFSA is the paperwork step necessary to access federal student aid including the Pell Grant and federal student loans. No matter what your family's economic situation currently is, you are always eligible for federal student or parent loans, so don't put it off. Also, many scholarships are now requiring that a FAFSA be filed. It's usually advantageous to get the FAFSA filed as early in the year as possible - gives you more time to consider your options. But, you have to have at least an estimate of your family's previous year's taxes. The earlier you get things in order for this process, the better. The student and parents should both have a PIN (personal identification number) to complete the FAFSA on line. If you don't already have one, now is the time to apply at: www.pin.ed.gov. When you are ready to fill out the FAFSA be sure to use the site:www.fafsa.ed.gov. Remember, it is a free form - don't go to sites where you have to pay to fill out the form.
Submitted by: Frances Campbell