FAFSA, Worth the Stress

by Jannette
(Stockton, California)

California State University at Chico

California State University at Chico

Get advanced help in filling out the FAFSA


This year will be my last year of high school and I’m off to college. The school would remind us of how important it is to fill out an application for FAFSA and other universities. I didn’t know what it was or how important it was. I found out that it is a form of loan or it could turn into a scholarship. I also learned that most colleges accept this financial aid. When I decided to apply I had no idea on how to complete it. I also didn’t understand much either. I had a hard time and didn’t get anywhere.

Then I heard there were FAFSA workshops. In these workshops they help you complete it. Luckily for me it helped so much. I recommend most students to get help from workshops then stressing yourself out. Throughout that time I had that worried of doing it wrong and maybe not going to college during the fall of 2012. The FAFSA website helps a lot too, it gives you steps, pulls out your parent’s tax information, and even informs you if you did it wrong. There are things we need to file for FAFSA. For example, your parents financial information. Most students are eligible for financial aid if their parents make $40,000 or less a year.

As soon as I finished filing for FAFSA I still wasn’t sure if I had done it correctly. In order to know if you done it correctly, you will receive a letter and a confirmation code. I hadn’t received anything in a month and I began to worried. I schedule an appointment with my counselor and she agreed to try to help me. The best help is to ask someone who has done it already or knows how to. Soon we found out I needed to turn my GPA to complete it. I turned it in and stopped stressing so much. Advanced help is the best key to filling out for FAFSA - trust me.

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Comment from your friendly team at College Financial Aid Advice

Thank you Jannette for your advice on getting help in filling out the FAFSA. I agree that getting advanced help is the best way to fill out the FAFSA, and definitely attend FAFSA workshops if you can. You FAFSA is the key to many federal and state scholarships and grants, and some very good student loans. Most students are eligible for some financial aid for college, and the $40,000 income level you mentioned is around the level for Pell Grant eligibility.

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FAFSA - Not as hard or confusing as you may think!

by Julie
(Minnesota)

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

I recall hearing that filling out the FAFSA Application was a nightmare. So when my oldest daughter was a Senior in high school, I started to worry how I would get through this daunting process! I started researching to find out what kinds of questions were asked and then I gathered the information and completed a sample FAFSA.

I had a few questions after completing the sample FAFSA, so when a local private college offered a financial aid and FAFSA information seminar, I immediately signed up.
I had my questions written down so I would not forget to ask them after the seminar. To my surprise, ALL of my questions were answered during the seminar! I did not have to ask one question and I felt prepared to complete the FAFSA on my own!

My advice is to review the FAFSA online and go to a seminar or class to learn more. If you don't review online first, you really have no idea what questions to ask. Or you might ask questions that could have been answered simply by viewing the FAFSA ahead of time. And that would allow you to ask better, more in depth questions to really be able to complete the FAFSA correctly and pretty much stress free!

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Comment from your friendly team at College Financial Aid Advice

Thank you Julie for sharing your advice to go to a seminar or class to learn more about FAFSA. And checking out the FAFSA online ahead of time is great advice. Thanks for sharing.

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