Filing the FAFSA, know as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the best way to get federal or state financial aid. Here are 4 simple tips to help you sucessfully file your FAFSA:
1. Save the date. The FAFSA can be submitted starting October 1.
2. Grab your tax information. You will want to have your latest tax return handy when it is time to complete the application.
3. File as soon as you can. Some financial aid is first-come, first-served, so don't wait to file.
4. Don't guess what you'll get. The only way to know what aid you will qualify for, is to apply. Submit an app—it's free.
Visit the Federal Student Aid website to start your application.