It’s October, and that means it’s time for pumpkins, Early Action deadlines and …. filling out the FAFSA! (It feels so weird to say that – this is the first year that it’s open in October.)
I’ve written a lot about FAFSA, but this time wanted to share a very simple tip. The FAFSA only allows users to add 10 colleges to the form – So what do you do if you are applying to more than 10, as many students are these days?
It’s easy to do. When you first fill out the FAFSA, simply add your first 10 colleges. Be sure to include those which have the earliest deadlines. Then, finish the form and submit.
After submitting, wait until you receive your SAR (Student Aid Report). This usually takes 2-3 days and is sent by email. Then, log into FAFSA again, delete your original colleges, and add the remaining ones. Then, submit again. That’s it!
You may also want to check out my post about Common FAFSA Mistakes – each year I have at least one family thank me because these tips prevented them from making a big mistake.
And if you are a higher income family that won’t qualify for need-based aid, here are some reasons why I still recommend submitting the FAFSA.