It is time to fill out the FAFSA for the 2013-2014 school year. While this is routine for many students at this point, it can be quite intimidating to new students and their parents. The form requires answers to 130 questions involving everything from dependency status to income and assets and is required in order to receive financial aid. If you feel stuck trying to complete the FAFSA, there are many places where you can get help if you need it. Try these sources of assistance to make the FAFSA less confusing:
- FAFSA Website – While you are filling out your FAFSA online, you can click the button for live help at any time if you have uestions or are stuck on a section. In addition, the federal government provides free help via the FAFSA hotline, which you can call at (800)433-3243 at any time.
- IRS – Nervous about entering the correct tax information into the FAFSA? The IRS has made it effortless with the data retrieval tool. This tool allows you to transfer your federal tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA with only a few clicks. This service is available starting February 3.
- FAFSA Worksheet – You can make completing the FAFSA easier than ever by organizing your information ahead of time. The FAFSA website offers a worksheet that allows you to see the questions on the form ahead of time so you can get the answers ready.
- TuitionCoach – This excellent website has an abundance of tools, including calculators and videos, to make it easier than ever to fill out the FAFSA. The tools are free and can help you easily determine college costs and more. You must register to use these resources.
- College Goal Sunday – There are many free events across the country on weekends throughout January and February. Look for these events to get the help you need in completing and submitting your FAFSA easily.
Although it can seem difficult to fill out the FAFSA, these great, free tools can make the process painless and will have your documents in order before you know it. Remember, there are so many free sources of help available that you should never have to pay for assistance. After all, you have enough expenses involved in paying for education, getting the help you need shouldn’t add to the list.