Financial aid reminders
- To get an estimate of an expected family contribution and eligibility for financial aid, students and parents may want to consider completing the FAFSA4caster. This tool has fewer questions than the actual FAFSA and doesn't require personal information.
- Students and parents may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as January 1, but it's best to wait until federal taxes are completed.
- Students and parents should be prepared for the possibility of being selected for a federal process known as "verification." Verification requires the student and parent(s) to submit tax documents and other supporting information directly to financial aid offices, to verify the information shared on the FAFSA. It is critically important for this information to be submitted when requested. Questions about verification should be directed to the college’s financial aid office.
- The Federal Student Aid for Counselors website helps counselors answer common questions, plan financial aid events and more.
- Urge students to identify the financial aid go-to person at colleges of interest. This person can answer questions and help ensure that deadlines aren’t missed.