Your most pressing worry right now is probably the FAFSA, which is the first major hurdle in the aid application process.
Each year, the FAFSA creates uncertainty and confusion for college applicants and their parents. For example, you might be wondering about the following:
- How you can send your FAFSA data to more than 10 colleges.
- Whether you should wait to complete it until you and your parents have filed your taxes.
- If your parents are divorced, the parent who should complete it with you.
- The income at which a family becomes ineligible for need-based financial aid.
- Whether it makes sense to complete the FAFSA even if you don’t expect to receive grant aid.
Fortunately, Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of FinAid.org, recently answered these and many other FAFSA-related questions over at The Choice. His answers can be viewed in five installments: one, two, three, four, and five.
Want comprehensive information on how to fill out the FAFSA to your best advantage? Check out The Princeton Review’s Paying for College Without Going Broke guidebook. A preview of its advice can be found here.