At this point in the admissions season (early deadlines have already passed, priority deadlines are right around the corner), college-bound seniors probably feel as if they’ve had their fill of applications.
The financial aid season will officially begin when the 2012–2013 FAFSA is released on January 1. What's the best way to tackle this important form? Keith Maderer, a financial advisor and author of the book, How to Get Your College Education For Less, recently posted step-by-step instructions for filling out the FAFSA, as well as some great tips for first-time filers. Here’s a sample:
- File the FAFSA early (between January 1st and 15th, if possible). You can use last year’s tax information if you and your parents haven’t yet done your taxes for 2011.
- Say that you are interested in both work-study and student loans (if you do not, you won’t be considered for either).
- Count yourself when answering the “other members of your family in college” question.
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