Top 4 Reasons to
File the FAFSA Early
1. Maximize State-Based Financial Aid
Funding
Find out if your state offers Need-based
grants to students

•

Eligibility ...
2. Maximize School / Institutional Funding
Every school has 2 funding types:

Need-based & Merit-based
Schools award fundi...
3. Eliminate Non-Options
It’s only January
so there is still time to consider multiple admissions
offers
You may find grea...
4. Compare Offers and Appeal if Necessary
Let the schools compete for
you!
File the FAFSA early and schools will give it
t...
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4 Reasons You Should File The FAFSA Early!

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Do you need to file the FAFSA this year? Do you know someone who does? Stop procrastinating and check out our 4 reasons to file the FAFSA ASAP!

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4 Reasons You Should File The FAFSA Early!

  1. 1. Top 4 Reasons to File the FAFSA Early
  2. 2. 1. Maximize State-Based Financial Aid Funding Find out if your state offers Need-based grants to students • Eligibility requirements may include: – Student maintained residence in that state for a minimum amount of time – Student’s parent(s) normally maintain residence in that same state – Student demonstrates financial need on FAFSA – Student is attending a qualified institution usually within their home state Each state operates differently, and follows a different deadline for the FAFSA filing date. Research your state’s department of higher education to confirm grant program details. Make sure that you hit the deadline to maximize eligibility.
  3. 3. 2. Maximize School / Institutional Funding Every school has 2 funding types: Need-based & Merit-based Schools award funding on a first-come first-serve basis, and often wait until the FAFSA information is available before they award everything The faster you submit your FAFSA, the better chance you have to maximize your funding!
  4. 4. 3. Eliminate Non-Options It’s only January so there is still time to consider multiple admissions offers You may find great variety in offers, and can eliminate options that don’t make sense financially After you consider your financial aid options, prioritize your list of schools considering value versus out of pocket expenses
  5. 5. 4. Compare Offers and Appeal if Necessary Let the schools compete for you! File the FAFSA early and schools will give it their best shot to offer you the best package If an appeal due to unemployment is necessary, getting the FAFSA in early is the first step Appeals for financial aid due to unemployment follow set procedure. Expect a complete review of proper documentation requiring timely delivery of important documents

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