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Anonymous Said,
April 8th, 2014 @11:08 am  

you need to file in Feb or March (after you and the folks do your taxes) during your senior year in High school. In the mean time, you can do the fafsa4caster to see how much you might be eligible for.

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Tamara Said,
April 8th, 2014 @12:00 pm  

The earliest you can apply will be January 1, 2013 but you can use the FAFSA4caster to get an idea of how much financial aid you may be eligible to receive.

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Ava Said,
April 8th, 2014 @12:06 pm  

january is the opening for each year. if you’re graduating next year, you can apply january 1, 2013. obviously your parents won’t have their taxes done by then. that’s ok. you can check “planning to file” and just estimate what you believe their taxes will look like by basing it from last year’s. after they have filed, you can go back into FAFSA and update the information. do not wait until the last minute. many of the grants have deadlines and if you miss them, you will not eligible. GRANTA ARE FREE MONEY THAT YOU NEVER HAVE TO PAY PACK. you DEFINITELY do not want to miss out on those. good luck!

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Kayci P Said,
April 8th, 2014 @1:04 pm  

You will be able to file for that in January of 2013. But if you’re graduating in June of 2013 you should have already filed for FAFSA as soon as possible after the first of January of this year. Graduating in June of 2013 means that you’ll be attending school for the 2012-2013 school year. Every state has a deadline as well as school as to when it should be completed. I think you’ve missed the deadline, I would schedule an appointment with a financial aid counselor.

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PETA Said,
April 8th, 2014 @1:10 pm  

The FAFSA has to be done every year you are in college. The application becomes available Jan 1 each year to apply for. You want to apply the closest to that date as possible to maximize your financial aid award offer. The reason why is because in the beginning of the year there are many funds available but as time goes by and students start applying the funds start dwindling down. Colleges get limits amounts of each type of fed financial aid and certain types run out so those who apply early will get them, later files will not. http://www.fastweb.com/financial-aid/articles/2958-ask-kantro-how-do-i-file-the-fafsa-in-january-when-tax-returns-cant-be-filed-that-early

So to maximize your award you will file Jan of the year you will attend. So if you re graduating in June 2013 and plan on attending in Fall of 2013 you would do the FAFSA Jan of 2013.

Your senior year is the most important. You must do very good on grades. I know friends are important your senior year but grades are very important. Also make sure you have been in some type of group in school, like sports or drama or some clubs. Also make sure you do some kind of community volunteering. It can be one weekend day a month. Also if you can work and keep your grades up take on a job. The reason I say this is because colleges ask you these things during your college interviews. They asked my daughter. And do well on your SAT/ACT http://school.familyeducation.com/college-prep/high-school/56210.html

The 2012-2013 FAFSA covers fall 2012, spring 2013 and summer 2013. So if you plan on taking summer classes in 2013 you will need to do this FAFSA too. Then you will have to also do the 2013-2014 FAFSA which will cover Fall 2013, spring 2014 and summer 2014.

This comes out every year. You can look at this years just to learn about financial aid. Look for your year when it comes out: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/12-13_Guide.pdf

Learn about financial aid:
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/index.jsp

http://www.finaid.org/

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cclepew Said,
April 8th, 2014 @1:40 pm  

You can’t apply for the 2013-2014 school year FAFSA until January 2013. It’s simply not available until then. At that time, you’ll need your parents’ 2012 income tax returns (and your own, if you work and file an income tax return) to fill out the application.

Be sure to nag your parents to do their taxes as early as possible in early 2013 (employers have until the end of January to provide W-2 forms, which are necessary to file taxes). Check to see what your potential colleges’ financial aid priority deadlines are; March 15th is typical. Also check to see if those colleges have other financial aid paperwork in addition to the FAFSA. Finally, just make sure you get your FAFSA done as early as possible, and don’t miss deadlines!

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