Two of My Favorite Downloadable FAFSA PDFs

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.

Decode Your Financial Aid Award Letter

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You know you’re going to college, you’ve filed your FAFSA, applied to colleges and universities, and now you’re getting financial aid award letters. Since there is no standard format that colleges have to follow, it can be difficult to decode you award letters. Despite how varied these letters initially appear, they all contain the same information and it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for and what it all means. [Read more…]

The 411 on Work-Study

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Filing your FAFSA is essential for you to obtain financial aid that will help you pay for college. As you fill out your FAFSA, you will come across a question about applying for work-study. This question can be difficult to answer if you don’t know what work-study is, or if you can even participate in this program. Well, you’ve come to the right place to get the 411 on the Federal Work-Study program. [Read more…]

Five .Gov Websites to Bookmark for College

College StudentWhen it comes to applying, getting into, and paying for college, there are an awful lot of resources out there. Some of those resources are better than others, and unfortunately a large amount of those “resources” offer very little quality. One area of the web that has gotten significantly better over the years is government education websites. It makes sense too, given how closely the government is tied to education. The following is a short list of 5 government-run education websites that every college student and parent should bookmark.

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