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Tips for filling out the FAFSA

Posted by Leslie Anderson  January 22, 2014 06:59 PM

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Here are some tips for filling out the FASA:

-- Students must fill out a FAFSA to be eligible for state or federal aid or federal loans

-- Sign up for the PIN (electronic signature first at www.pin.ed.gov)

-- High school seniors should fill out the form dated 2014-15

-- Fill it out online

-- Don’t leave a question blank; enter “0” if necessary

-- Know the filing deadlines for all colleges

-- Have all documents ready

-- Don’t use nicknames; the name used must match the name on the social security card

-- Make sure you list an email contact that is checked often

-- Students must reapply each year

Visit www.mefa.org, www.fafsa.gov, and www.fafsaday.org for more links and resources including webinars, worksheets that include sample questions, blogs, checklists, an “ask an expert’’ tool and frequently asked questions. Questions include information about assets, divorced parents, and taxes.

The Federal Student Financial Aid Information Center has customer service representatives available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. They are available for live chats or by phone at 800-433-3243. MEFA representatives are available by phone from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at 800-449-6332.

Source: MEFA and fafsa.gov

-- By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

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