Check the FAFSA checkbox!
This week’s tip reminds you to check the FAFSA checkbox. Last week’s tip stressed the importance of becoming familiar with and filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in a timely matter in order to get as much federal and state financial aid as possible for college.
In addition to this aid, many scholarship applications include a box to check asking 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.
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 shows scholarship providers they are serious about finding money to help pay for school.
Never assume a family makes too much money and ignore the FAFSA, just do it!