FAFSAFirst

It's never too early to start your FAFSA.

For most students planning to go to college, securing student financial aid is critical. Because aid is often limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, it is important to file your FAFSA as soon as possible and be at the front of the line for student aid dollars.

Starting the FAFSA process early with FAFSAFirst helps you maximize your aid eligibility!

The FAFSAFirst Advantage

When you complete your FAFSAFirst using our FAFSA preparation and filing service before December 30th, you will:

Bullet File Early Your completed FAFSA will be electronically filed with the federal processor in early January when they begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. This helps you be considered for first-come, first-served student aid.
Bullet Get Your Estimated EFC You will receive a FAFSAFirst Summary Report that includes an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on the Department of Education’s Federal Need Analysis Methodology. Knowing your estimated EFC can give you a general idea of how much you and your family will be expected to contribute towards the cost of your education, as well as how much financial aid you may be eligible to receive – an important asset as you begin your college financial planning.
Bullet Avoid Delays Your FAFSAFirst Summary will also contain the information on your FAFSA as it will be submitted to the federal processor. You can review and make any necessary changes or corrections to this information before it is submitted, helping to minimize processing delays and errors.

You will also get to take advantage of all that our regular service has to offer:

Bullet ExpressFAFSA™ – Complete your FAFSA online using our secure, easy-to-navigate, family-friendly website.
Bullet FAFSALive™ – Call one of our professional Student Aid Advisors and complete your FAFSA entirely over the phone in as little as 15-20 minutes.
Bullet FAFSACheck™ – All applications go through our extensive, 450-point error detection system and receive a personal human review in order to improve accuracy and facilitate successful submission to the federal processor.
Bullet Status Updates – Receive up-to-date tracking of your FAFSA application after submission. We will inform you of the status of your application until it is "fully processed" and accepted by the Department of Education.

Don't Miss Out on Aid

In the 2012-13 school year, more than $238 billion in student financial aid was distributed to students in the form of grants, federal loans, work-study and tax credits/deductions. Statistics show that students receiving aid were awarded an average of $14,980 from various aid sourcesi.

Most students, regardless of family income, are eligible to receive some type of student aid. However, you must file your FAFSA to be considered for almost all student aid programs. Don’t delay! Filing an accurate, timely FAFSA application can unlock the door to potentially thousands of dollars in available financial aid and help make your educational goals a reality.

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iCollegeBoard, Trends in Student Aid 2013.