So what's harder to fill out FAFSA or a scholarship application? It actually varies because scholarships can be as simple as filling out a quick online form to writing a 6 page essay and like most students you probably don't like the fact that you have to write that much but if you love writing it's probably very enjoyable.
I remember the first time I tried filling out a scholarship application. I really felt like I was overwhelmed and I had not even filled one blank space. I tell you that because you might feel that way right now or you will feel that way later.
It's good for you to understand that scholarships can vary in so many ways that you will have to check requirements for each scholarship you want to apply for.
My word of advice is to MAKE SURE you meet all the requirements because if you don't in most cases they will throw your application straight in the trash can. That is something you need to always remember.
Also, remember the deadlines. I would write them down on a calendar to keep up with each scholarship. It's time for some good news.
When you fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) you are actually applying for grants, work-study, and loans at the same time. That's one thing the federal government has right especially for our generation.
One application certainly is better than having to fill out three. Before I explain how FAFSA works I want you to know a few things that you must keep in mind. This might be tedious but I promise it will be worth your time to know this information.
Now that you know that vital information we can move on to what's next. You will have to decide whether to fill it out electronically or by paper but I highly recommend you file it electronically for the reasons I've already mentioned. The next thing you need is your documentation to fill out your FAFSA.
I bet you're exhausted after getting all that stuff but you are closer to finishing. Pretty soon you will be glad you got this done. Finishing early just means you have a better chance of getting more financial aid.
The good news is that you will only need to sign up once and simply re-use your PIN every year when you fill out your FAFSA. You will need it for several reasons.
All you have to do is click the following link and sign up.www.pin.ed.gov
Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to fill out your FAFSA and follow up on it. If you did it electronically, you need to check up on it in about a week.
You will get a SAR (student aid report) that will be used by your university to create your financial aid package.
FAFSA determines your need by simply subtracting your EFC (expected family contribution) from your COA (cost of attendance which includes tuition, books, fees, room and board as well as other costs) which tells them your need.
Wow! You are finally done. I know that was a lot of work but you will be glad you did it. Here is a list of organizations that offer free help with filling out the FAFSA.
If I were you I would take advantage of these great resources I've compiled considering there are companies that charge a pretty high fee to even help you. Learn to fill it out by asking questions. It will save you 3 to 4 hundred dollars over 4 years. It will cost that much if you decide to pay a company that helps you fill it out. This is free! Get information about college scholarships for re-entering students.
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