By: Jacob Newman, UHEAA
There’s no reason not to file the FAFSA every year you’re in college! Here’s why…
- It’s the only way to apply for ALL federal and most states’ financial aid, This includes Pell grants, work-study programs, federal student loans, and grant programs you might have never heard about.
- Even if you have a full ride scholarship or savings to help pay for college, filing the FAFSA is a good backup plan to cover unexpected expenses. Many scholarships require you to file the FAFSA as part of the application process.
- You never know what financial aid you might end up getting! Many students file the FAFSA and are surprised to find they qualify for a grant or a need-based scholarship.
- It doesn’t take as long as you think. Usually less than 30 minutes from start to finish!
- It’s not as difficult as you think. FAFSA on the web (www.fafsa.gov) has “Help and Hints” on every section, as well as online chat, phone help, and a frequently asked questions section. Don’t hesitate to contact the financial aid office at the college or university you want to attend to ask for school-specific financial aid information.
- You aren’t required to accept loans. The FAFSA is just an application.