22/23 FAFSA Walkthrough & Guide
Let The FAFSA Guru guide you through each student and parent question on the 22/23 FAFSA to ensure you fill it out correctly and don’t make common mistakes that can cost you thousands of dollars!
Who Is The Complete FAFSA Walkthrough Tutorial For?
Why Should You Choose the Fafsa Walkthrough Tutorial?
Does the FAFSA application process confuse you? Are you worried about making costly mistakes?
In this tutorial, The FAFSA Guru will take you, step-by-step, through each page of the FAFSA and address all student and parent questions to ensure that you answer them correctly.
She will also help you create your FSA ID which you will need in order to complete the FAFSA electronically.
Tina Steele, The FAFSA Guru, has her Master’s Degree in higher education, has worked in financial aid for 30 years, and assisted thousands of families through the financial aid process while ensuring they get the best possible financial aid offers.
Why you should work with a financial aid expert on filling out the FAFSA.
Ofte times families aren’t even aware that they made a mistake until it’s too late. Avoid this problem from the outset!
Some Of The Most Common FAFSA Mistakes Include:
- Using the IRS data retrieval tool when you shouldn’t (In certain situations you should bypass this and enter tax information manually)
- Data entry errors
- Reporting Assets that are not required
- Not understanding how to fill it out if Divorced or separated
- Not getting FSA IDs beforehand
- Reporting tax information incorrectly
- Reporting investment information incorrectly
- Not signing and submitting the FAFSA correctly
- Not reporting special circumstances
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the FAFSA so important?
The FAFSA (or Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the foundation of how colleges determine financial aid offers. When you complete the FAFSA, you’re disclosing the key financial information used to make all such decisions. This means the FAFSA is the single most important piece of your financial aid process. Even if you don’t think you will qualify for financial aid you should complete it. You can’t even borrow a federal direct loan or parent PLUS loan if you have not completed the FAFSA.
Why do I need a guide for completing the FAFSA?
For all its importance, the FAFSA isn’t the most user-friendly document out there. It is also not a very transparent document in terms of how important certain information is, or how the information you provide will affect your final outcome. A little guidance can help you with presenting information in the most effective way, as well as avoiding common mistakes that will cost you.
How do common errors affect FAFSA applications?
It depends on the error, but many common mistakes lead to getting less financial aid than you’re entitled to. Obviously, this is a real problem and can affect your future. For this reason, making sure you don’t make a simple mistake on this form should be a high priority.