What is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid?

The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the easiest and best way to receive financial aid from the US government to help pay for college education. It mainly serves to assist those families who cannot pay the skyrocketing costs of attending many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. There are two steps to filling out the FAFSA before there can be a follow up to the application process.
To begin, it takes a lot of work to get organized in preparation for filling out the application, including information such as tax returns, school, and personal information. When filing out the form, make sure to be truthful and fill out all of the information. This can be the difference between receiving nothing and a large sum of tuition amounts. It takes a lot of information and time to completely fill out the form, so make sure that you leave enough time to fill it out thoroughly.

The most important aspect of the FAFSA is adhering to the deadlines. Often due during the summer for new fillings and September for re-filings, FAFSA deadlines are incredibly important. The government has over a million applications to file through, so sending it in early is imperative.

While the FAFSA is the best way to receive federal financial aid, there are other sources of aid as well. Many universities automatically consider all of the applicants for scholarships, but some schools may require separate applications as well. Alongside, applying for loans or school grants can help lessen the burden on personal families.

Overall, be sure to be current and quick when filing out the FAFSA. The government can only help those who help themselves, and they really are working to have students attend University even with tuition prices skyrocketing. Lastly, it is important to look at different options besides federal aid, as it is only one of many options to help finance college education.

Jonathan Boral

Jonathan Boral

Jonathan Boral, a junior at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina an avid fan of film, television, and music. He has spent many hours finding the delicate balance between his love for acting, business, and the entertainment industry. Through his school career, he has appeared in several different shows, including the musical Annie and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Not only as an actor, but he has also been able to see the production side of shows as the Stage Manager for Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad. Constantly finding new ways to study the business and production aspects of film and television, he has spent time researching box office returns and film production values, in hopes to one day writing for an entertainment journal, or working as a film producer or talent agent. He plans on further pursuing his knowledge of the business world by becoming an active member of the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Clubs at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Currently at UNC, Jonathan has received numerous honors. Most highly is his position as the Vice President of the Omega chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, North America’s largest Jewish Fraternity. Along with this leadership position, he has been nominated for many achievements, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Leadership Advantage Program, the National Society of Leadership and Success, along with being on UNC’s Dean’s List for multiple semesters.

Now residing in Chapel Hill, he hopes to use his articles as an outlet for further business and financial knowledge, along with connecting to his readers with his youthful perspective. In his free time, he enjoys watching all types of films, playing with his dog Hutch (a chow mix), and spending time with family and friends.
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