Mike Davies
March 2017

3 Common Mistakes People Make When Filling out FAFSA

There are so many mistakes you can make when filling out important government forms, these are the big ones to look out for.

Missing the FAFSA Deadline

This is the most common mistake and the easiest one to make. Putting things off seems like a commonality between most of us. When it comes to whether or not you have funding for college though it is a good idea to get it done sooner rather than later.

In fact, the earlier you submit your application the better your odds are at getting grants since some schools have monetary limits on the amount of grants and aids they can provide. If you did miss the date, submit anyway and contact your school’s financial office and explain what happened if there was some sort of special circumstance that prevented you from being on time.

F or the 2017-2018 school year, you can submit your FAFSA between Oct. 1, 2016, and June 30, 2018. Any corrections must be submitted by Sept. 15, 2018.

Forgetting to List a School

If you complete the FAFSA online, you can list up to 10 schools. In general, not many people have 10 schools they want to attend so it’s a good idea to list every school that you think you are interested in, even the outliers. If you do ever forget a school, you do have time to make corrections on your FAFSA application.

Mistakes on Your Application

This one is obvious, but it can really hold up your application or in the worst-case scenario, disqualify it. The worst thing you can get wrong on your application would be incorrectly inputting your Social Security Number. Your SSN is the unique identifier that they used to verify your information and financial situation. The online FAFSA form does not allow you to change your SSN once completed, you will have to reach out directly to the financial aid offices of the schools you want to go to. If you filled out ten schools, this could be a time-consuming headache. So, before you submit your FAFSA, pay close attention to the information you’ve filled out and confirm its correct.

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