FAFSA Mistakes To Avoid

FAFSA Mistakes To Avoid

July 02, 2020

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is what enables someone to receive federal aid and grants and potentially grants or assistance through the state in which you reside.

Filing your FAFSA is an essential step in making sure you receive financial assistance while attending college, but there are a few mistakes to avoid when applying.

Not Filing Your Application Before The Deadline

To be eligible for financial assistance, you have to apply! Not filing your application on time, or even not filing early, will hinder you from receiving financial aid from the federal government, your state, or even your selected college.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the federal deadline is June 30th at 11:59 p.m. CST. (1) This list also includes timelines for each state. Make sure you take a look at each period and plan accordingly!

Not Being Properly Prepared

When filing for FAFSA, there are certain pieces of information you will need to register correctly, such as: (2)

  • Social Security number
  • Tax information or tax returns
  • Cash, savings, and checking account balances
  • Records of untaxed income

Making sure you have all of the information you will need is vital in properly registering for federal and nonfederal aid.

Paying To Fill Out The FAFSA

Filing for FAFSA is entirely free when you visit the official FAFSA filing site. (3) Using a third-party service to complete the FAFSA does not mean you will be eligible for more benefits or have priority access. Filing early on your own will give you a better chance of qualifying for specified benefits, but paying someone to file for you is a waste of time and money.

Not Filing Early Enough

You can start filing for FAFSA as soon as October 1st for the following school year. The earlier you apply, the better, because certain benefits have limited funding for non-federal student aid. To increase your chances of receiving the limited funding of some assistance, make sure you apply as early as you can!

Next Steps

Filing for FAFSA is not as difficult as it may appear. Making sure you have all the required information, reading each question carefully, submitting correct information, and applying on time or early will help you in the process of receiving financial aid!

For more information, you can visit studentaid.gov, contact our firm at (626) 529-8347, or email Ricky directly at ricky@hbawealth.com. We would be happy to assist you!

About Haydel, Biel & Associates

Haydel, Biel & Associates is an independent financial advisory firm serving individuals and families near Pasadena, California. The firm was founded in 2004 by Chris Haydel and Ricky Biel with a desire to provide unbiased, client-centered, community-based financial advice. Together, they have built a practice that has grown into a family of caring, smart professionals committed to blending proven investment methodologies with creative financial technologies that make it easier than ever to accomplish your goals. They strive to keep things simple and fun to give their clients peace of mind and alleviate financial stress. HBA Wealth takes care of their clients’ needs first and foremost and goes the extra mile to make their clients’ finances grow. To meet and see how the HBA Wealth team may be able to help, contact them today at (626) 529-8347 or email Ricky directly at ricky@hbawealth.com.

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(1) FAFSA® Application Deadlines

(2) https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/fafsa-process.png

(3) Apply for Financial Aid