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Two of My Favorite Downloadable FAFSA PDFs

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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…

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How to Determine Dependency Status in 3 Simple Steps

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First off, dependency status simply refers to figuring out if you need to submit one, both, or neither of your parents’ financial information as well as your own when filing the FAFSA. And knowing this beforehand will help in expediting the process, which is always a plus.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps the government and colleges determine how much tuition you and your family can afford to pay versus what you will still need to pay to attend. Finding out if you’re a dependent or independent student can seem tricky, which is why I want to break down and demystify this process.

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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 your award letters. Despite how varied these letters initially appear, they all contain the same information. It’s just a matter of knowing what to look for and what it all means.

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10 Scholarship Myths Debunked

Scholarships have been around for a long time now and (as with anything that has a history) rumors circulate and make scholarships look bad. Believing these rumors may discourage you from applying to scholarships. As you already know, a scholarship award is free money. Let me repeat that, A SCHOLARSHIP AWARD IS FREE MONEY!

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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.

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