What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA is the abbreviation for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is the form that you complete when applying for financial aid. Financial aid is awarded as grants (you do not pay it back) and/or student and parent loans (you do pay it back, with the exception of loan forgiveness programs.)
Should you fill out the FAFSA?
Yes. When working with higher income households, people often indicate that they do not intend to complete the FAFSA. I encourage them to fill out the form, so that they may keep their options open. If their student applies to a private school, they may qualify for aid directly from the school. Private schools often have their own pool of funds to draw from when awarding aid to students, and create their own processes for awarding aid. However, completing the FAFSA is usually part of the process as well as the school’s own financial aid form. Public schools sometimes have awards to give as well, and part of the procedure at some of these schools is having a completed FAFSA form, so keep yourself in the game and fill out the form by the deadline in order to keep your options open.
What is the Missouri FAFSA deadline?
The FAFSA deadline for the 2012-2013 school year for Missouri is April 2, 2012. However, each school can have their own deadlines for priority award consideration. As an example, Mizzou’s FAFSA priority deadline was March 1, 2012 in order to apply for money that the University of Missouri had to give. If you missed that deadline you still have time (until April 2, 2012) to apply for money from state and federal programs. Being aware of each school’s individual FAFSA deadlines is a good opportunity for your student to practice their research and organizational skills. The best strategy is to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after the first of the year. Watch the mail for W-2s and other tax forms that you will need.
Where can you go to get FAFSA questions answered?
The US Department of Education’s website www.fafsa.ed.gov is a great place to go to find out deadline information and get questions answered about the FAFSA form.