At first glance, the prospect of filling out your FAFSA can be a daunting one. How do you make sure you have all the correct documentation and information together? When should you file? Has anything changed since you filed last year?
The answer to the last question is a resounding “Yes!” but these changes are most definitely for the better. The FAFSA website has been redesigned for greater ease of use, making the whole process a lot less painful.
Here are some quick tips for making your FAFSA filing as smooth as possible.
1) Gather Your Materials. You will need your Federal Income Tax Return (it’s best to wait until you’ve filed your taxes before completing your FAFSA), your 2010 W-2’s, and a secure PIN to use on the FAFSA website. If you don’t already have a PIN, you can request one here. You will also need the school’s unique code. If you’re a student at South University, you can find this information in the Campus Common on the Financial Aid Today page.
Note for dependent students: You will also need to include parent income and household information. A parent should sign your FAFSA with their own unique PIN.
2) File Your FAFSA Online. You can file your FAFSA entirely online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Once you have all the materials mentioned above in step one, visit the website and click the “Start Here” button to begin. The form will guide you through each step of the process.
3) Check Your Status. Information on how to check your FAFSA status, correct any mistakes you may have made, and other popular questions are answered in the Help section of the FAFSA website.
Students who have any additional questions regarding filing their FAFSA can check with their Student Finance Counselor, whose contact info can be found under “My Contacts” on the home page of the Campus Common.