Take care to avoid these common FAFSA mistakes Students who plan to submit the FAFSA should avoid making these common mistakes.
1. Not completing the FAFSA.
Don’t give up on completing the FAFSA because you think it’s too hard, takes too long or you won’t qualify for student aid. You may be surprised at the results.
2. Not using the correct website.
The official FAFSA website is fafsa.gov. Pay close attention to that .gov and make sure no website you are on is asking for payment in exchange for completing the FAFSA.
3. Not getting an FSA ID now. After you register
for an FSA ID (username and password needed to complete FAFSA), it can take up to three days to be activated and ready for use. Dependent students and their parents will each need their own FSA ID if they want to sign the FAFSA online.
4. Waiting to submit the FAFSA. Some financial aid
is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis because the funds run out. Don’t wait; submit the FAFSA as soon as you can.
5. Not using your FSA ID to start the FAFSA. Students don’t have to use their FSA ID for the student information section of the FAFSA, but they should use their FSA ID to auto-fill that information. This will prevent a common error: the FSA ID signature information doesn’t match the data manually entered on the FAFSA.
6. Not reading definitions carefully, which leads to
submitting incorrect information. Read each question carefully because some questions aren’t written clearly. Check out Filling Out FAFSA Tips for clarification. Double-check all information before submitting the FAFSA to avoid the headaches simple typos can cause.
Listing only one college. Colleges can’t see the other colleges listed, so students should list any college they’re onsidering. Up to 10 schools can be added.
8. Not signing the FAFSA. This might seem too
obvious to miss, but it does happen. If you forget your FSA ID to sign your FAFSA, you can select “Forgot username/password” and reset. There is also an option to mail in a signature page with standard mail timing. You can find more information about FAFSA filing on the Federal Student Aid website.
Source: U.S. Department of Education Blog, blog.ed.gov
Webinars for KHEAA ILPs scheduled for October Webinars for students and administrators who use the KHEAA ILP have been scheduled for early October. KHEAA provides free ILP for private and home school students. The webinar for students will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Oct. 6. It will cover using the ILP, college exploration and financial aid. The webinar for administrators is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 3. It will cover how to review students’ ILPs and how to view, export and print various reports for a school. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.