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Going to College? Time to Complete the FAFSA!

Source:  U.S. Department of Education

On January 1, the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available.  Completing the FAFSA is critical to getting access to more than $134 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds.  Moreover, it is free, quick (on average, taking about 20 minutes!), and easy.

To make sure that students do not leave money on the table, the Department has prepared a number of blog posts:

·         5 Reasons You Should Complete the FAFSA

·         7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the FAFSA

·         6 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

·         Parents: Tips to Help Your Child Complete the FAFSA

·         7 Common FAFSA Mistakes

·         7 Common Myths about Financial Aid

Also, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a FAFSA Season Message to Students, noting that completing the FAFSA early ensures students maximize their federal student aid and encouraging high schools to take the Reach Higher FAFSA Completion Challenge.

Furthermore, for school counselors and administrators, there is 7 Ways to Promote FAFSA Completion at Your School.

Visit StudentAid.gov for complete information on federal financial aid, including types of aid available, qualification criteria, and managing loans.