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FAFSA Tips and Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Student Aid

Published Feb 27, 2014
It’s that time of year again when students who are planning on taking college classes in the fall need to complete their FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, form. The best way to complete the FAFSA is early, and online. Completing the FAFSA early ensures financial aid will be in place by the time registration begins and/or payment is due. In addition, completing 2013 tax returns early helps students get a jump on completing the FAFSA as that information is necessary to complete the FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval tool can be used to pull accurate information directly from the IRS from taxes that have already been filed.

It is important to be as thorough and accurate as possible when completing the FAFSA to ensure every opportunity for receiving financial assistance is available. Schoolcraft College’s website has a list of some of the most common errors people make on their FAFSA and helpful hints for ensuring you get your form completed correctly the first time. Visit www.schoolcraft.edu/fafsatips or explore the entire Financial Aid area of the website for more information.
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