Apply as soon as possible for financial aid! The actual deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not officially due until June 30 in most states. However, if you wait this long your chances of obtaining federal aid could be very poor.
The FAFSA is the only way you can qualify for federal aid and Pell Grants. More than 80% of students fill out the FAFSA online which can speed up the process of filing. Visit the FAFSA website to file or to gain helpful information that can walk you through the filing process. Parents try to get your taxes done early or make sure you have a good estimate of family assets and income as the FAFSA will require this information. Always keep in mind that you won’t get any money if you don’t apply!