1. Even if you have a full ride scholarship or savings to help pay for college, filing a FAFSA is a good backup plan to cover unexpected expenses.
2. Many scholarships require you to file the FAFSA as part of the application process.
3. You never know what financial aid you might end up getting! Many students file their FAFSA and are surprised to find out that they qualify for a grant or a need-based scholarship.
4. It doesn’t take as long as you think. Usually less than 30 minutes from start to finish!
5. It’s not as difficult as you think. FAFSA on the web (FAFSA.gov) has “Help and Hints” on every section, as well as online chat, phone help, and a frequently asked questions section. If you’d prefer in-person help, find a public FAFSA Completion Open House in your community or ask a financial aid advisor at your school for help. Don’t hesitate to contact the financial aid office your college or university you want to attend to ask for school-specific financial aid and FAFSA information.