Beginning October 1, students and families can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which serves as the basis for need-based aid dispensed by the federal government, the states and individual college campuses.
Even if students don’t know what school(s) they will apply to for the 2018-2019 academic year, the FAFSA should be filed as early as possible, to be considered for federal financial aid and to increase the odds of receiving aid that is dispersed on a first-come, first-serve basis, including work-study. Filing the FAFSA is also a requirement for parents who intend to take a federal PLUS loan. Finally, filing early reduces the chances of missing financial aid deadlines, which differ by state and school.
The federal deadline for filing the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year is June 30, 2019.
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