how to file a fafsa

Starting October 1, college-bound high school seniors, college, and grad students can begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can translate into hundreds or even thousands of dollars that helps pay for college – through grants, work-study funds, federal student loans, and certain state-based aid.

Here are 3 Steps to a Successful FAFSA:

  1. File a FAFSA! It seems silly, but sometimes students don’t file because they think they might not get anything. Each year, there is unclaimed aid. It’s free – just file!
  2. File early. File as soon as possible because some financial aid is first-come, first-served! The FAFSA can be submitted starting October 1.
  3. Have your tax information handy. You will need this in order to file.

Again, file the FAFSA as soon as possible, because some aid is first-come, first-served. The FAFSA is free and most students will receive some type of financial aid, so it’s important to file. It takes approximately 20 minutes to file.

According to the FAFSA website, the federal deadline to file a FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic school year is June 30, 2022, but each school and state can implement their own deadline, so it’s important to file early to give your school ample time to review your application. You can always reach out to the financial aid department at the school you’re attending to learn more.

If you have questions about paying for college, contact MMCCU at 715-387-8686!

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