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The FAFSA and Scholarships
The FAFSA and scholarships often rely on each other! The FAFSA is an important part of getting financial aid for college AND for winning scholarship money.
In addition to this aid, many scholarship applications include a box to check to ask whether the student has submitted a FAFSA and applied for government aid.
Scholarship providers want to know that the student is doing everything possible to get financial help in paying for college, and filling out the FAFSA is a very important step in the process.
This scholarship judge shares,
“I’m a member of several scholarship committees, most won’t even consider your application without the FAFSA. Even if you do not qualify, they want to know you sought out every opportunity. It’s fast and free to do.” JR Miller, Scholarship Judge
The FAFSA and scholarships go hand-in-hand.
Even if a family thinks they make too much money to receive federal aid, the FAFSA still should be submitted, as it may qualify them for low-interest loans and show scholarship providers they are serious about finding money to help pay for school.
Also, you never know when a family’s financial situation may change with the loss of a job, the death of a parent, or any unforeseen medical expenses or emergencies. (For 2020-2022, COVID)
Filing the FAFSA is just plain smart!
It opens each year on October 1st (for 2023, it will open in December) and should be filed from the senior year in high school and all the way through college.
NOTE: Don’t think you need to file as soon as the FAFSA is open; in fact, it is smart to wait a few weeks to let the bugs and glitches that occur each year work themselves out. Trust me on this one! Give yourself a deadline, such as a few weeks after it opens, to get your form filed.
Never assume a family makes too much money and ignore the FAFSA, just do it!
Watch this short video straight from the official site to learn more about filing the FAFSA.
Ignore the October 1 release date for the 2024-2025 FAFSA:
This is the official link to get to the FAFSA website:
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