What’s The Deal with College Financial Aid?

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By: Jimmy Rhoades Posted: 7:31 PM, Sep 30, 2016

With huge life events like college – which keep getting more and more expensive – you need some serious financial help. Jimmy Rhoades and college access advisor Kristopher Seydel have three important tips that will help you master the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

1.  Earlier Release Date

You can fill out the form starting October first. That's moved up three months from the past – when the form wasn't available until January first. Why is this important?

2.  Gather Your Documents

Going forward with the FAFSA, they're going to be using prior-prior year tax information. This actually makes it easier and more realistic to provide this information.

3.  Relax

The FAFSA has a bad reputation, but this form has been reformed. Even the IRS section is automatic so the process is much easier.

Filling out the FAFSA's is not going to take nearly as long as you think it will, so get on it early, and you’ll have no worries.

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