Monday, October 10, 2011

The FAFSA: when should you apply for next year?

The Explorer art is from the Microsoft Clipart Pages.

Exploring the FAFSA...
You can check for your state's FAFSA Deadlines at this page:

This is the official page to check. I looked up Kentucky's deadlines today. It listed these deadlines for the 2011-2012 school year: The Federal deadline is June 30, 2012. Corrections must be made by September 15, 2012.

(from the website) 

College Deadline
Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed."
So, if you are wanting to attend next year, and plan ahead, I'm pretty sure the due dates will be similar. AND the budget crisis being what it is, I would apply right on January 1st of next year. That is the first day to apply. As the FinAid site explains,  
"FAFSA Deadlines

Financial aid applications, such as the FAFSA, should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1, but no sooner. You cannot submit the form before January 1, because the need analysis process uses your financial information from the prior tax year when calculating eligibility for the upcoming award year"

You can contact FAFSA directly at this link:
They have live help here every day but Sunday. They also have an email address at this site.

You can also find out more about Federal Student Aid at this page:
Here is something new at the site. It's called the FAFSA4caster. You can see what your estimated loan amounts may be and what you qualify for ahead of time.
Here is the page for that:
Let me know how this works if you try it! 

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