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Here are a few things to keep in mind while you are working on the FAFSA.

If this is your first time dealing with the FAFSA, it can be intimidating.  We suggest you run the FAFSA Estimator first.  It takes less time to fill out and it will give you a chance to get comfortable with the questions before the “test”.  It can be found at null

Decide who is in charge, parents or student?  The FAFSA will be in the student’s name, using his or her social security number, birth date, driver’s license and financial information.  But the real focus of the FAFSA is parental income and assets, and most parents prefer to handle that information themselves.

If your tax return for 2011 is not yet filed, don’t wait.  Go ahead and file the FAFSA now using good estimates and make corrections later.  Be conservative in your estimates; otherwise, the changes you make might yield some unwelcome surprises. 

Most of all, if you think you don’t need to file because there is no reason to, you might be mistaken.  Drop us a note and we’ll help you determine if filing is worth your time.