Importance of Completing FAFSA Before March 2nd
It is importance to submit your FAFSA by March 2nd for two reasons: to qualify for a Cal Grant and to get first dibs on financial aid, grants, and work study opportunities. Just think of it this way–the earlier to turn in your FAFSA, the more money you will have a chance of getting. In other words, if you snooze, you lose. This is because FAFSA is given out on a first come first serve basis. Students that wait until Iafter March 2nd to file their FAFSA may receive less aid than they would have if they filed I before March 2nd because they miss out on the opportunity to receive Cal Grants and students who filed by March 2nd get priority.
What Documents Do I Need to Fill Out FAFSA?
- Your Social Security Number
- Your Parents’ Social Security Numbers (if not filing as an independent)
- Your Parents’ Income Tax Forms
Where Do I Go to File My FAFSA?
You can log onto http://www.fafsa.gov to fill out your FAFSA application. Although income taxes are not due until April, you will need to ask your parents to prepare their income tax information as soon as possible. They do not have to file their income tax information until April as long as you check the “Will File” option.
Need Help Filling Out your FAFSA?
You will never know if you qualify for financial aid if you do not apply! Do not be intimidated by the application. It looks daunting but there are many resources out there available to aid you in filling out your FAFSA. Visit your schools financial aid office. Many schools hold workshops where you can work one on one with trained financial aid representatives and fill out your FAFSA. So what are you waiting for? Early bird gets the worm.