FAFSA Tips and Answers: Sallie Mae Facebook Live

It’s almost FAFSA time! The FAFSA for 2020-2021 (yes, that’s the correct year) will open on October 1. To kick off the new financial aid season, our partner Sallie Mae used their October Facebook Live session on Tuesday, September 17th to share some FAFSA tips and answer audience questions.

Smart College Visit’s own Kiley Thompson served as host and moderator, welcoming Christie Smith, Director of Business Development with Sallie Mae. Christie highlighted three great tips parents and students should be aware of now, before the application opens.

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Three FAFSA Tips

First, you can register and get your FSA ID numbers now, before October 1. Both the parent and the student, filling out the FAFSA together, need separate FSA ID numbers. Log in now to complete this task ahead of time, and familiarize yourself with the website.

Secondly, make sure you are on the correct website when you start! FAFSA.gov is the only website you need. There are impostors out there, and they will ask for credit card information! If you’re asked for any payment, that’s definitely not “free”! Get out of there ASAP!

Lastly, and this may be surprising: If your parents are divorced, the parent who you live with the most, not the one who claims you on their taxes, should fill out the FAFSA with you. This one was a surprise to Kiley, and it might be to other divorced families. Christie assured us that this is a big myth! Talk it over before starting the FAFSA to figure out who the appropriate parent should be.

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You’re able to watch the entire Facebook Live above!

If you have any other comments or questions, the teams at both Sallie Mae and here at Smart College Visit are happy to help. Ping us on social media.

So get your 2018 taxes together everyone, and get ready for the FAFSA!

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