Scholarship Mom Tip #52: File the FAFSA

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid


The FAFSA is the most important part of getting any state or federal financial aid. You should ALWAYS file the FAFSA.  

Many scholarship providers want to know if the applicant has submitted their FAFSA paperwork, so always ALWAYS do the FAFSA as soon as possible after the first of the year beginning with a student’s senior year of high school and each year while in college. 

No matter what the parents’ income level is, a FAFSA should be filled out and submitted as early as possible, as many grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  FAFSA:  Just Do It!

Official US Government web site for the FAFSA:

Read also:



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Top 5 Questions to Ask about Financial Aid: Parent-to-Parent

Author: Monica Matthews

Monica Matthews is our favorite scholarship mom! After helping her son win $100,000 in scholarships for his college education, she founded to share what she learned along the way and now she's sharing her tips with Smart College Visit!

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