File FAFSA Immediately for Best Chance at Getting Money for College


October 2, 2018 2:49 PM
by Susan Dutca
The official 2019-2020 college financial aid season began yesterday, October 1st, so it is critical that you file your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) ASAP! Whether you are headed to college for the first time next fall, or you plan on attending college next year, you will want to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, as many states and colleges award financial aid on a first come, first served basis.

The official 2019-2020 college financial aid season began yesterday, October 1st, so it is critical that you file your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) ASAP! Whether you are headed to college for the first time next fall, or you plan on attending college next year, you will want to complete your FAFSA as soon as possible, as many states and colleges award financial aid on a first come, first served basis.

The FAFSA is free and, in order to apply for financial aid, you must meet the basic eligibility requirements: you must demonstrate financial need, be a U.S. citizen or "eligible noncitizen", and be enrolled or enrolling in an eligible degree or certificate program. Before filing the FAFSA, you will need the following documentation:

  1. Personal identification data such as your social security number, driver's license, a state ID, etc. for the parent(s) as well as for the dependent student. Independent students do not need to provide parental information.
  2. Last year's tax return and W-2 - much of this information can be automatically populated while completing the FAFSA online using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).
  3. Account statements for investment assets and bank statements such as stocks, bonds, business assets, and so forth.
  4. Records of untaxed income, such as child support and interest income.
  5. A list of colleges to which you intend to apply or the one you are currently attending. Even if you are not sure where you will be attending, you must provide at least one college to have your FAFSA processed. You do not have to apply to or attend the school(s), and you may add other schools later on. If you are not sure as to which school to select, we recommend you pick an in-state college.

When filling out your FAFSA, first apply for a FSA ID if you do not have one. Each parent and child will have their own separate ID. Begin the application process at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Indicate whether you are a new user or returning user and follow the prompts. If you prefer to complete a paper application rather than online, you are able to do so; though it may take longer to process.

For the first time ever, students and their families can download a mobile app to complete the FAFSA. The app, myStudentAid, is available at both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android) and allows you work on your FAFSA application and to manage your FSA ID from anywhere, anytime.

Once you have submitted your application for review, a determination is made in 7 to 10 business days. During this time, you and any schools you may have chosen will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) with all the data entered on the FAFSA. You must review your SAR and make any corrections necessary, immediately. The SAR also lists your EFC (Expected Family Contribution). The cost of attendance minus your EFC equals your financial need, which will be used by the school(s) to determine the amount of financial aid for which you qualify. For a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the FAFSA form, go here.

Getting more college financial aid doesn’t have to be a relentless search. Scholarships.com is totally free. Connect with our massive database of millions of college scholarships at any time by searching for awards in a variety of ways. Scholarships.com offers the quickest and easiest way to search for, apply to, and win college scholarships. Start making your college education affordable or perhaps even free, by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 
Harvard students and alumni will testify in support of Harvard during the admissions trial this week, defending its race-conscious admissions policy against claims that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The trial is the latest chapter in a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA).

Harvard University has been accused of balancing its undergraduate classes to ensure that it had admitted its desired share of students of each race and ethnicity and also for penalizing Asian-American applicants by systematically giving them lower scores on a metric admissions officers use to measure personality. Adam Mortara, a lawyer representing SFFA, stated that the university scores applicants in four categories: academic achievement, athletic ability, extracurriculars, and personality. While referencing admissions data, he concluded that, despite their higher academic performance, Asian-Americans are admitted at lower rates.

Harvard Supporters Back University in Admissions Trial

October 16, 2018 11:24 AM
by Susan Dutca
Harvard students and alumni will testify in support of Harvard during the admissions trial this week, defending its "race-conscious admissions policy" against claims that it discriminates against
An associate professor in security studies at Georgetown University who, last week, wished death and castration to GOP senators supporting confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is no longer teaching but will be traveling internationally for university research.

Professor Sent Abroad After Posting Hateful Tweets

October 9, 2018 4:04 PM
by Susan Dutca
An associate professor in security studies at Georgetown University who, last week, wished "death and castration" to GOP senators supporting confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is no
Nike gear will not be worn by athletes at The College of the Ozarks following the company's latest ads featuring Colin Kaepernick, claiming it would choose its country over company. According to the college president, in their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America.

Colleges Drop Nike over Controversial Kaepernick Ad

September 11, 2018 12:15 PM
by Susan Dutca
Nike gear will not be worn by athletes at The College of the Ozarks following the company's latest ads featuring Colin Kaepernick, claiming it would "choose its country over company." According to

    Summer is coming to an end but we've harvested a bountiful list of fall college scholarships to help you pay for college all year round. From big-name scholarships like the Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship to downright quirky ones scholarships such as the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest and everything in between, you're bound to qualify for several fall 2018 scholarships. Turn a new leaf this semester by applying for and winning scholarships to pay your tuition bill, starting with this list of fall scholarships.

Fall in Love with 2018 Autumn Scholarships

August 30, 2018 10:23 AM
by Susan Dutca
Summer is coming to an end but we've harvested a bountiful list of fall college scholarships to help you pay for college all year round. From big-name scholarships like the Coca-Cola Scholars
University of Louisiana at Lafayette students are outraged over a $999 online textbook for an introductory accounting course. University officials argue that the costly book was just a placeholder that no one would actually pay. Some students went as far as to theorize that the UL-Lafayette accounting department may have a financial arrangement with Wiley that means they make more money from college bookstore sales.

$1,000 Online Text Book Infuriates ULL Students

August 28, 2018 11:47 AM
by Susan Dutca
University of Louisiana at Lafayette students are outraged over a $999 online textbook for an introductory accounting course. University officials argue that the costly book was just a "placeholder"
More than 80,000 hourly employees at Walt Disney Co. will be able to take online courses this fall as part of the company's $50 million Disney Aspire education investment program. Under the free college tuition program, Disney employees can take courses towards a high school diploma, college degree or vocational skill.

Disney Spending $50M to Help Educate Over 80K Employees

August 23, 2018 11:42 AM
by Susan Dutca
More than 80,000 hourly employees at Walt Disney Co. will be able to take online courses this fall as part of the company's $50 million Disney Aspire education investment program. Under the free