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How to Avoid the Top 5 FAFSA Mistakes

Alicia Robinson

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    Not everyone has money saved away that he or she can use to pay for nursing school or college. Therefore, if you are going back to school, you want to make sure you file your FAFSA to determine your eligibility for financial assistance, such as grants that you do not have to pay back and low-interest loans. You will want to avoid making these top 5 mistakes that could delay the processing of your application or cause you to miss out on the maximum amount of aid.


    Mistake #1: Not Filing 

    You might think you make too much money or that filing a FAFSA is too difficult. But there is no income cut-off for applying for financial aid! And filing your FAFSA is easy, maybe taking about 30 minutes to an hour. Help is also provided throughout the application if needed.

    Mistake #2: Waiting Too Long 

    You want to file as close to the January 1st starting date as possible, even if you haven't filed your taxes yet! This way you can receive the maximum amount of grant money that you may be eligible for because many state grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Mistake #3: Missing Info

    You will need to provide certain personal information, including your income with your FAFSA application. If you don’t have access to your federal income tax forms, you can now take advantage of importing your tax inf

    ormation from the IRS into your FAFSA.

    Mistake #4: Incorrect Info

    Make sure that you have entered all your information correctly before signing and submitting your FAFSA application. You must enter your name exactly how it is shown on official government documents, such as your birth certificate and Social Security card.

    Mistake #5: Rushing 

    Read each question carefully. Do not leave any empty fields, especially if an answer should be "zero"; just answer "0." Often students will make mistakes with answering the number of family members. Read through the FAFSA information to determine how to answer this question.


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