Here are several tips and items to note as you prepare to fill out the FAFSA.
1. Get your FSA ID first. This is your username and password combination that you will need to sign the FAFSA form. Both students and parents need their own FSA IDs. Getting this first, before starting the application, saves time when you are ready to submit your application.
2. FAFSA has a new mobile app for added convenience. You can complete the 2019–20 FAFSA form using the myStudentAid app. Download the myStudentAid app in the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). The app is secure, and you are able to begin, complete, or submit a new or renewal FAFSA from the app.3. You can automatically transfer your tax information using the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). The IRS DRT takes you to the IRS website, and then imports that information into the FAFSA. This makes it simple, fast, and ensures your financial information matches what you reported to the IRS.
3. Worried you won’t qualify for financial aid? In fact, most students qualify for some type of financial aid. There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors—such as the size of your family and your year in school—are taken into account. By completing the FAFSA form, students can make sure they are taking advantage of the best options, and not just relying on private student loans with higher interest rates.
4. The sooner the better! It is best to fill it out as early as you can because some aid is first come, first served.
If you feel overwhelmed by the FAFSA or just need someone to walk you through the process, John and Amy at Christianson Tutorials are happy to offer assistance. We can calculate your Expected Family Contribution, determine your scholarship and college loan options, assist you in completing the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and institutional forms, and educate you on the priority of each type of financial aid. Call us at (610) 457-5288 to schedule a consultation today.