Anna Costaras and Gail Liss (authors of The College Bound Planner) explain why you should fill this out for your upcoming college semester.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2022-23 school year is available starting on October 1st.

Many public state universities and private colleges and universities use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible because aid is often allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until funds run out. So, apply early to give yourself the best chance to receive the funds your family will need to pay for college.

The FAFSA application will use financial information from the 2020 tax year. If your family has been negatively affected by recent events, submit the FAFSA and then follow up with a call to the financial aid office at each school to which you apply to explain your situation..

The FAFSA may seem overwhelming, but help is available. Start by looking at the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet to see what’s required. Gather the information and documents required to apply for financial aid. Reach out to your guidance or college counselor with any questions— they will get you started by either guiding you themselves or directing you to any number of free resources available.

The most important thing is to apply so you don’t miss out on any opportunity. Even if you’re not sure you’ll qualify, apply.


The College Bound Planner

A Roadmap to Take You From High School to Your First Day of College

Get your teens ready now! College may seem far away but thinking ahead and understanding how things work will help your teen prepare. In these uncertain times, parents and students are feeling even more anxious about how to approach college readiness. This book provides advice and guidance starting at freshman year of high school up through senior year. This step-by-step guidance empowers students to take control of their academic futures and thrive, no matter what the future brings.

Develop skills for a lifetime of success. The College Bound Planner helps teens master skills including note taking, studying, test taking, and writing essays and research papers. Being college ready is also about having life skills such as time management, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and communication, as well as the discipline and drive needed to succeed. This college planner is the best college planner to get a teen ready for college.

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