Do you know about the FAFSA?

Question:When should I fill out the FAFSA application, before I am accepted to college or after? Thanks for all the help!

Answers:
You can do it either way...if you want the money right away when you have to pay though, you should do it 6-8 weeks before...

If you choose to do this over the internet, you and your parent(s) need to get electronic signatures first...you can find this on fafsa's home page...they send you and your parent(s) a number which you use as your signature...

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You should fill it out after you apply for college. If you were applying to begin college in Fall of 2008 then you would turn in your applications by Summer/Fall of 2007. You would hear back from your schools at the beginning of 2008 and at about the same time you apply for fafsa. Go to this link: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/before003a.htm...
All the fafsa deadlines vary according to each state so you should go on there and check for yourself.
The year you start college you can fill out the FAFSA starting January 1. I suggest you do it ASAP after the start of this filing date to make you the most eligible for the most awards.
Fill out the FAFSA as soon after Jan 1st of each year as you have the required tax information.

People who get their financial aid request in earliest get the most money possible. The later you wait, the more aid that is already given away.
You should start applying to colleges as soon as possible in your senior year, and then when you get accepted to a few you like you need to complete the FAFSA before January 1st of your senior year. There's no need to complete the FAFSA if you aren't going to college, so do it once you know you're in the school you want to be in.

If you're interested in getting a student loan here are the steps you need to take:

1) Fill out the FAFSA. This will determine if you are eligible for financial aid. Go here:
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

2) Once you are eligible for aid, choose a government-based student loan. The best loan to get is a Federal Perkins Loan. These have low interest rates and the government will help you pay it back as long as you stay enrolled in school. You also don't need a cosigner or good credit for it. For more info go here:
http://www.studentfinancedomain.com/stud...

3) The next best loan to get is a Subsidized Stafford Loan. This has many of the same benefits as a Perkins Loan. Learn more here:
http://www.studentfinancedomain.com/stud...

4) You can also try to get a grant or scholarship, which is free money that you won't have to pay back. Look here:
http://www.fedmoney.org/
http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss...
http://www.freegovmoney.net/
http://www.educationplanner.com/educatio...
http://www.studentawards.com/
http://www.college-scholarships.com/...

Good luck!

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