Friday, December 15, 2006
Apply for your FAFSA PIN today!
If you are planning on requesting financial aid for the 2007-2008 school year, you can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as early as January 1. Most states do not have FAFSA deadlines before March 1, but financial aid officers generally recommend filing as quickly as possible. (In many cases, those officers also recommend filing with estimated 2006 tax information in January and filing a corrected application after tax returns are complete.)

To begin, visit FAFSA on the Web to download a list of necessary documents and to apply for a PIN. Parents must also apply for a PIN unless the student does not have to provide parental information (because the student is a) older than 23, b) persuing a graduate degree, c) married, d) responsible for his/her own dependents, e) serving in, or a veteran of, the armed forces).

It can take up to 10 business days to receive a PIN by mail (although only 3 via email), so it's best to get it out of the way now.

If you or your student is also planning on applying to schools that require the PROFILE, now would be a good time to register for that as well. In this case, students and parents can use the same login to complete the application.



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