Financial aid saves thousands of college students every year when he or she thinks that they can’t afford college. While financial aid isn’t for everyone, it never hurts to apply for it. If you’ve been thinking about applying for financial aid, I’ve provided a few steps you can take in order to apply for it.
Apply with your school – If you know where you’re going to school, that’s great but if you don’t, you don’t need to worry because I’ll give you a little bit of information. you’re going to need to apply between January 1 and June 30. This of course can change according to your school. You’ll have to check with your college for more information on deadlines.
Fill out the FAFSA form – Once you find out when your deadline is, you’re going to want to fill out a FAFSA form. FAFSA stands for free application for federal student aid. You’re going to want to go to their main website at FAFSA.ED.GOV, where you can begin the process of filling out your form.
Have your information ready – On this form, you’re going to have to fill out a few things regarding your personal life. Your name, social security number, type of degree and more will be needed. Besides the personal information, you’ll also need more details regarding income. You’ll need things such as family income, number of members in family,etc. If you can get a majority of this available, it will make the form process a little easier.
Know what colleges you want – If you already know what colleges you want to attend, great but if you don’t, you have to think of at least five. When you fill out the form, they are going to ask you what five colleges you’re interested in attending. If you leave this blank, this obviously isn’t going to be good for you.
Make copies- When you’re done filling out your form, you’re going to want to either print a copy for yourself or if you decide to do it by hand, make sure you make a copy for yourself via the copy machine. It’s important for your records because if you want to refer to something in the future, it will help to have the evidence in your hand.
The process isn’t that hard. Once you submit your application, you’ll just have to sit back and wait for your results. Depending on the time you apply will depend on the time frame of how long it’s going to take. Once you get a result, it will tell you how much you’re eligible for and this information will be sent to the schools you have applied to as well.