|You’re ready to apply to college. You need money to make it happen. What do you do?In almost all cases – whether you are looking at public or private, two year or four year, or a technical college – you start by filling out the FAFSA.What’s the FAFSA? It stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA qualifies you to receive grants, loans and work study available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid. By filling out the FAFSA you determine your Expected Family Contribution or what you should be able to pay toward your education. The FAFSA for the 2011-2012 school year goes online January 1st.
What are the requirements?
Filling out the FAFSA takes financial information from both you and your parents and must be signed electronically with a PIN. For more information and to fill out the FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov . For a PIN go to www.pin.ed.gov You should apply for a PIN in the month prior to filling out the FAFSA.
Many private colleges and universities also require students to fill out the CSS Profile or their own form to qualify for Financial Aid. The Profile is usually due much earlier than the FAFSA. Please check with the colleges you are applying to for their requirements.
Get an early estimate of your EFC
Apply for a PIN
Fill out the FAFSA
Register with Selective Service
Fill out the CSS Profile
Need Help Decoding your Financial Aid Award Letter?Check out: www.financialaidletter.com