FAFSA

FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid:   https://fafsa.ed.gov/

MAC Guide to Financial Aid for College

 

Senior FAFSA/MAC Program Presentation

 

You should never pay someone to fill out the FAFSA for you. It is free and everyone can do it.

Class of 2019- Seniors and parents should fill out the FAFSA starting October 1, 2018. 

 

**Parent Meeting Scheduled – October 10, 2018

                                            HS Library – Time TBD

                                            Presenter: Rolando Rodriguez, Waco Foundation

                                            Topic: FAFSA


COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID CHECK LIST:

•Apply for admission to your college choices.
•Apply for TWO (student and parent) FSA ID (this replaced the PIN number)
•Find out the Financial Aid priority deadline and Scholarship deadline at your college (usually available on the college web site).
•Apply for any scholarships available to you.
•Complete Parent and Student (if necessary) Tax Return Forms.
•Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and sign with both FSA user name/password at least a week before the Financial Aid priority deadline at your college.
•Check to make sure your college financial aid department has received your information and ask the following:

  • Do you need anymore information to complete my financial aid package?
  • Do I need to do anything else to be considered for the TEXAS Grant?
  • How do I apply for my student loan? (If you need to get one.)
  • How do I apply for a work-study job? (If you want a job on campus.)


TIPS:
•Always file the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you need help, see your counselor. DO NOT MAIL IN YOUR FAFSA!
•The College cannot download your FAFSA information if you have not applied for admission or if you did not list them on your FAFSA.
•List all possible college choices on your FAFSA (up to 10).
•Tax Forms need to be completed if possible, but do not have to be filed with the IRS in order to show them completed on the FAFSA. Be sure to save copies of all TAX forms and W-2's, you may need them for verification at the college.
•If both FSA accounts are used, the college should have FAFSA information in 3 days. If a signature page is mailed it will be approximately 7 days.
•Keep FSA accounts (user name/password) in a safe place. They will be used every year on your FAFSA and to correct or check on your information.
•Even if your college does not have a financial aid deadline, most start awarding money March 1st. To be first in line, be sure all information needed by financial aid is turned in by the end of February.
•If you are told you are picked for verification, complete all required information immediately. You will receive no funds until you do so. REMEMBER: The verification is the final step...make sure it is correct. Mistakes on the verification may not be able to be corrected!!!