Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Avoid These Common FAFSA Errors

Mistakes can delay your application and limit the amount of aid you are eligible to receive. To avoid errors, carefully read all of the questions on the FAFSA. Some of the most common FAFSA errors are:
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  • Leaving blank fields. Enter a '0' or 'NA' instead
  • Using decimal points. Round to the nearest dollar
  • Listing an incorrect Social Security or driver's license number. Triple-check these
  • Failing to use your legal name. Avoid nicknames
  • Listing incorrect marital status or failing to include the appropriate parents. If custodial parent is re-married, you will need to include your step-parent's information
  • Failing to count yourself as a student
  • Failing to count an unborn child. Number in household is for the upcoming school year, so, for example, if your mom is pregnant, she is counted a '2' people
  • Forgetting to list the colleges you have applied to. Make sure the schools receive your information!
A WONDERFUL service is offered to Illinois students through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Our representative, Natalie Irwin, will schedule a meeting with parents and students who are filling out the FAFSA free of charge to answer any questions you may have. Contact your Guidance Counselor for more information.