It’s that time again! The 2013-14 FAFSA is now available! Go to www.fafsa.gov to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Be sure you are at the correct website for completing the FAFSA, and remember the application is FREE. If you have to pay for your application you are on a site that is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education.
Our office uses your FAFSA to determine how much federal student aid you may receive. The FAFSA can be completed starting now! Even if you have not yet filed your 2012 taxes, be sure to complete the application by the priority deadline of February 14, 2013 with estimates. Once you’ve filed your taxes, you can go back and make the necessary corrections. Also, be sure to list UMBC in the school code list, and make sure it matches our school code of 002105. UMBC needs to have a valid FAFSA on file for you by our priority deadline in order to consider you for the best possible award package. Waiting to submit the FAFSA could result in you losing out on certain grants and other awards.
Remember, apply online by Valentine’s!
Top 5 Reasons to Complete the FAFSA:
- It’s the only way to apply for federal student aid!
- The FAFSA is the first step in applying for federal student aid. The FAFSA gives you access to more than $150 billion available in federal student aid!
- It’s FREE!
- The FAFSA is free to complete, and there is always help available to assist you with completing the application. Never pay for help with the FAFSA, the official FAFSA site is free to complete and free for assistance.
- It’s easy!
- Completing the FAFSA is easy. Now, the FAFSA offers the opportunity to eligible users to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This tool allows users to transfer their tax information directly from the IRS web site, which can save you lots of time.
- It takes about 30 minutes to complete!
- Completing the FAFSA application only takes about 30 minutes to complete. This is a small price to pay, when it could save you thousands of dollars in financial aid!
- It’s easier to qualify than you think!
- Even if you think you will not qualify for financial aid, you should still apply, you could be missing out on a lot of financial aid! There is no risk or penalty in filling out the FAFSA, and everyone should fill it out.
More information about the FAFSA, and for further explanation on these reasons to fill out the FAFSA, can be found online at the Department of Education’s web site at http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/01/5-reasons-you-should-complete-the-free-application-for-federal-student-aid-fafsa/?sf8283069=1.