Filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important things to do when it comes to financing your education. I’ve said it before, but even if you’re unsure that you’ll be eligible for any aid, you should fill out the FAFSA. That said, it can often seem like a daunting process. Fortunately, there are a ton of great resources out there – especially those in the form of PDFs. Here are a few of my favorites…
The FAFSA Process – From the official student aid .gov site, this short PDF explains everything you need to know about the FAFSA process in simple terms.
2016-2017 FAFSA Checklist – From the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, this is a handy checklist you can download and print out to make sure you’ve done everything you need to do when filling out the FAFSA. I absolutely LOVE checklists, and this one is no different.
So there you have it, two simple PDFs that can make your FAFSA application process much simpler. Remember get started early, the sooner you fill out the FAFSA, the sooner you can relax and focus on all the other important things with getting into and affording college.
Scott Hawksworth is YesCollege.com's founder and editor. He writes with a focus on the challenges faced by students entering higher education, with an eye to making our readers aware of the pitfalls and opportunities that await all would-be graduates. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.