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Unfortunately, it’s widely known that completing the FAFSA is extremely frustrating, time-consuming, and confusing. But fortunately, there are a lot of people and organizations offering their help, and most of it is free.
Some of the organizations offering free help filing out the FAFSA are:
The Department of Education’s FAFSA on the Web allows you to complete and file your FAFSA application free-of-charge, download a paper FAFSA application, or request your Federal Student Aid PIN.
Your source for free information from the Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school. The FSAIC staff can answer your questions by phone. Call 1.800.4.FED.AID (1.800.433.3243).
The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) provides free FAFSA preparation workshops across the commonwealth of Kentucky. They also offer assistance with completing the FAFSA through their toll-free number. Call 1.888.678.4625.
College Goal Sunday offers free on-site professional assistance filling out the FAFSA form at various locations in 39 states throughout the country. Visit their website to find an event in your area.
The California Student Aid Commission puts on workshops throughout the state of California in January and February each year. Students and families get free assistance filling out the FAFSA and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. Visit their website for dates and locations.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has a student and financial aid resource center available at www.nasfaa.org that offers information for students and parents. This site helps you understand both the academic and financial aid issues related to education after high school. It also contains helpful worksheets and easy-to-understand guides, including a calendar checklist for grades 8 - 12, to help you prepare for college.
Every college that has a financial aid program employs a financial aid administrator (FAA) to watch over and be responsible for the entire aid process at that college. The financial aid administrator is a professional, available to help you and your family complete financial aid forms and answer questions. These individuals can be a great source of information about financial aid programs and application procedures. Check with the college you attend or the local college in your area. Contact details for financial aid offices are typically found on each college’s website.
Source: Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (2013). Retrieved from: http://www.fafsa.com/understanding-fafsa/free-fafsa-assistance
Remember, more than $240 billion is available to help students apply to college, but most of that is only available if you complete the FAFSA, so get to it!
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