You may think the answer is obvious, especially if you live in the Northeast or anywhere there has been some recent snow. I look out my window and see the results of two snowstorms. One that was fairly significant and one that just made everything look pretty for 24 hours. But the real answer to that question is….it’s FAFSA Season!
Any student wishing to be reviewed for Financial Aid (both state and federal) for the 2016-2017 school year, can file now. For many schools, this deadline is March 1st.
High School Students: Don’t wait to be accepted to college. You can and should fill out the form now, whether or not you have heard from any of your selected schools.
Current College Students: You should fill out the form for next year if you need financial aid or if you are considering a work-study position on-campus. Many college positions will require this form be submitted regardless of financial aid eligibility.
Parents: FAFSA is making things easier on you. Parents of high school juniors, the FAFSA form will be available three months sooner next year. You will be able to fill out the form as early as October 1, 2016. AND, you will no longer have to rush to finish your current taxes for the FAFSA form. You will be able to complete the form using two-year-old tax returns. That is good news!
I know many of you may be thinking, “Great, Diane, snow and FAFSA: what a great combination.” Well, I apologize for that. So, I will encourage you to look more closely. If you do, you will see signs of new life and spring. Even under the snow, I have seen the aconites popping up. I have heard a few song birds making their presence known. New beginnings are soon upon us, and not just outdoors, but with our students too. Many of my family and friends have made exciting announcements of incoming acceptance letters from colleges around the country. High school students everywhere are beginning to receive notice of the new life in store for them. Congratulations to those of you who have been accepted to college for next year. Please feel free to comment on the school you will be attending in the fall. I would love to hear from you.