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5 Reasons to Fill Out The FAFSA

Last updated September 29, 2021

Arne Duncan shares on Buzzfeed five reasons students should fill out the FAFSA. 

Filling out a government form is not my idea of a good time. But if that form means the difference between going to college and not going to college, I’d say it’s well worth the effort.

If you will be attending college, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting financial aid for college, a career or technical school, or graduate school. Here are five reasons you should fill out the FAFSA:

1. It’s Free

Enough said.

2. College is Expensive

President Obama and I are working to keep college affordable, but despite rising tuition, some form of higher education is still a sound investment in your future. If you need help paying for a higher education, the FAFSA is the first step.

3. It’s Easier Than Ever

We’ve done a lot to simplify the FAFSA over the past few years. If you’ve filled out the FAFSA before, a lot of your information will automatically transfer to this year’s application. You’ll also be able to import tax information straight from the IRS. If you get stuck, we’re here to help.

4. It Takes Less Than 30 Minutes

Grab your laptop or mobile device, pull up an episode of your favorite sitcom, and on average you’ll be done with your FAFSA before the episode is over.

5. Don’t Leave Money on the Table

The FAFSA can open the doors to the $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds that the federal government has available. Also, many states, schools, and private scholarships require you to submit the FAFSA before they will consider you for any financial aid. Don’t miss out – fill out the FAFSA. Get started at www.fafsa.gov!

Have questions about the FAFSA?

Remember, if you are not in a position to complete the FAFSA due to immigration/citizenship status, a situation with your family, or anything else, you still can receive financial aid. The FAFSA is not the end-all-be-all of paying for college. Just text us and we'll walk you through alternatives 😁

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