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Stephe W Said,
April 13th, 2014 @10:41 am  

First, congratulations on your first step to success already. REALIZING you want to do something with yourself. Congrats. :)
Secondly, I would choose the 1st option because it last for a year, BUT you should contact your schools because some schools have expiration dates on when you can fill out financial aid. I attend a community college as well, and our day expires some time this month. Meaning, you wouldn’t be able to apply for anymore grants/loans for the year. IDK why that is, but like I said every school is different. I would still apply for FAFSA anyway, but call the school tomorrow and see when their due date is.

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ThirstyPretzel Said,
April 13th, 2014 @10:51 am  

The first option makes the most sense, it would let you start this summer. The second option may be not viable for you, it’s pretty late in the year to get financial aid for what is left, but ask the financial aid advisor at the school you want to go to (unless that school is CSCC, those advisors are worse than useless).

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Leo G Said,
April 13th, 2014 @10:59 am  

This is a question about Academic Year Disbursement.

Imagine the semesters like this:

Fall 2011 – Usually starts in August 2011
Spring 2012- Usually Starts in January 2012
Summer 2012 – Usually Starts in May 2012

If you plan to start school right now (likely either on a second term of a Spring Accelerated 8 week class, or classes in a Summer term), then you would want the first option. For the 2011-2012 Academic Year FAFSA, you will need your tax returns from 2010.

If you plan to start your classes in August of 2012 (considered to be the Fall 2012 Semester), then you will fill out the July 2012-June 2013 FAFSA, and will use your tax returns from 2011.

ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you choose to do the option #1, you have to remember that you will have to do the 2012-2013, in order to get Grant and Loan money in the Fall Semester.

Choosing to start school immediately means that your FAFSA 11-12 will be used only for Fall 2011, Spring 2012 and Summer 2012. Then you do the FAFSA 12-13 for the Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013.

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Ms.Medium Said,
April 13th, 2014 @11:05 am  

Congratulations on deciding on attending college. You’re smart to start at a community college. I attend community college and really enjoy the smaller classes and cheap tuition.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is contact your school and ask them if it’s even possible for you to get financial aid durning the summer since you have never filled out a FAFSA. I’m betting it won’t pay out over the summer. More than likely you’ll need to start in the fall in order to get the pell grant money. You’ll also probably be required to take a placement test, and you’ll have to get your high school transcripts. There’s a list you have to do before you can even enroll in classes.

I know starting school is exciting, and it’s exciting to think about your future. Good luck!

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Achelios Said,
April 13th, 2014 @11:20 am  

Here is the problem you are going to run into….. Financial Aid deadlines

At most schools, this summer semester will be the end of the 2011-2012 academic year. There are; however some schools (often ones on quarter system instead of semester) the academic year begins with summer (2012-2013)…. so you need to find out from your school if this coming summer is part of 2011-2012 or 2012-2013

You also need to ask the school about Fin Aid deadlines for upcoming semesters. At our local community college, the deadline for Fin Aid for summer semester was March 1….. and the deadline for Fall 2012 is May 1

most likely, your school is going to have similar deadlines for Fin Aid
FAFSA is only one step in the Fin Aid process & Yes, you need to fill out FAFSA.
most likely, you will either have to pay cash-out-of-pocket if you plan to start school before August.
If you don’t have cash-in-hand, then you will need to start the process & then wait until August to start school

PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE YOU PLAN TO ATTEND (sorry for the all caps… but it is the only way you are going to find out what, if anything, you can do to start school before August)

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beloved93 Said,
April 13th, 2014 @11:29 am  

You’re 18 and old enough to serve your country and vote. Call yourself a young man/woman, not a kid.

First off, as someone already said, I suggest that you not start your college career in the summer. The classes are compacted into half the time, which means twice the work load. But if you are a go-getter, by all means…

Second, your college probably has its own deadline for filing. My college was March 1st for 2012 Fall classes. You may not be able to go until Winter semester. You will want to contact your college financial aid office.

Best Wishes

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