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Things college students need to know about federal student aid and FAFSA deadlines

Be sure to educate yourself on any and all financial aid options you are eligible for. (Credit: www.LendingMemo.com)

Be sure to educate yourself on any and all financial aid options you are eligible for. (Credit: www.LendingMemo.com)

With the cost of a college education rising each year, you’ll want to take advantage of all the federal student aid that you can qualify for. Spring means that you may be filing for aid and meeting your FAFSA deadlines for submitting paperwork. Now is a good time to review a few of the important points about student aid.

FAFSA deadlines

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the form that begins the process of qualifying for Federal student aid. New FAFSA forms are issued each January. You can get yours from your financial aid office or by going to the official FAFSA site. Read more

Tips for college students filing for FAFSA

Filing for FAFSA can be less stressful with the right research.

Filing for FAFSA can be less stressful with the right research.

Ah January—a time for resolutions, heading back to campus and … filing for FAFSA. Whether you are still applying for college or already on campus, college students soon learn that the beginning of the year is when they have to think about filling out financial aid forms to pay for next year’s classes. Read on for some tips for college students (and parents!) on how to navigate the world of financial aid and FAFSA.

Financial aid basics

First, know you are not alone. More people than you can count have managed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, aka FAFSA, and lived to tell about the experience. But having a little bit of inside know-how won’t hurt you. Margene Walz wrote “January is FAFSA month for college students and their parents” on January 7, 2014, for the Orange County Breeze, which offered some expert advice on handling this all-too-intimidating task. Read more

Seven fast FAFSA tips: How to jumpstart your federal student financial aid application

The end of winter break brings the beginning of the federal student aid application season. But, don’t sweat it! Whether this is your first time dealing with financial aid or you’re planning your FAFSA renewal, there are several basic tips that can help you better understand the FAFSA process. You can earn a competitive edge in securing the federal student aid you need to help pay your tuition and other important school-related expenses. Read more