10 Tips for Filing Your FAFSA Form for College Financial Aid

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The sooner, the better  	Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-serve basis, so aim to submit your paperwork as close to the Jan. 1 deadline as possible.  Although it’s easier, you don’t have to wait until you’ve filled out your income taxes.  “It’s important to fill out the FAFSA even if your taxes aren’t completed,” says Weston. File now, but make any adjustments on the Student Aid Report (SAR) or directly with your accepted institution’s financial aid office. 	After January 31, students or parents are able to upload their Internal Revenue Service tax data into the document.

The sooner, the better Financial aid is awarded on a first-come first-serve basis,…