All students interested in financial aid for college will need to complete the FAFSA form. The FAFSA is used to apply for federal student aid such as grants, work-study programs and loans. It may be required for state, private aid or scholarships. Apply sooner … the better. Many times money available to your college is distributed on a first come first serve basis. So the sooner it is in, the sooner or more likely you are to receive help. It may take several weeks to process your application. Jan. 1 is the first day FAFSA will allow you to apply. It is free to apply.

Many students want to enter nursing and they have already admitted a lot of college credits from years before or having attended school with another major. An inexperienced financial aid counselor may advise you that you do not qualify, due to your credits number. There is usually an appeal process, if this message is conveyed to you. The majority of the time ….. if you take the time to fill out this piece of paper you will qualify for consideration even with a high number of credits. Nursing is in high demand and this looks favorable for the appeal process.

There forms are difficult to understand, and are not easy to fill out correctly. Many times students are unaware of how to properly fill them out, and unknowingly they lose thousands of dollars in aid just because they did not understand what the question was asking.

There are different methods for completing the FAFSA You can complete it electronically on the Web, or you can fill out and mail a paper copy. Each method is available in English and Spanish. Most schools participate in electronic data exchange, which speeds the process up … check with your school. Only submit one application. If you make a mistake or after reading about the secrets here (of filling out the form) you realize you made a mistake … you will need to re-file. You are allowed to do this.

Fill out your tax return before filling out the FAFSA So ask for your W-2 forms early and fill this out in January if you can. You do not have to send your tax return form before filling out the FAFSA You may submit an estimated income tax information but after filing your tax return you need to correct anything that was different and do the necessary forms.