Wednesday, February 23, 2011

4 Ways to get FASFA Help

It's that time of year again to fill out your FASFA forms. In my house we have three to do. We have been doing it for a few years now so the initial trauma has subsided. But if you were like me and were confused at first I have listed a few helpful resources to get you started. Good Luck.

1. FAFSA on the Web.

When you’re wrestling with the FAFSA, you can get help from the FAFSA help line courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education. Here is the FAFSA phone number: (800) 433-3243. When you are working online with the application, you can also obtain help by clicking the “Live Help” button.
Before tackling the financial aid form, I’d recommend using the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet, which you can download from the federal student aid website.

2. TuitionCoach.

This free site contains videos, financial aid backgrounders and a FAFSA calculator that can help you determine what your college costs could be. You’ll also find worksheets that can help you complete the FAFSA and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.

3. College Goal Sunday.

This free program, which is sponsored by the YMCA and the Lumina Foundation, offers personal FAFSA advice at weekend events in January and February through the nation.  Some events are starting as early as this week. You can find a calendar of events on the College Goal Sunday website.

4. Student Financial Aid Services.

This is a paid service that helps families prepare and file the FAFSA via the phone and Internet. Depending on the services, the prices range from $79.99 to $99.99.

Here are some additional helpful articles:

4 Misconceptions About College Financial Aid

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