Financial support problems can be very difficult for parents and students to understand. Many colleges and universities have enough staff to assist all parents and students with problems they are facing. Fortunately, there are a number of tips that individuals can use to prevent problems when applying for financial assistance.
First, make sure you review our financial information. Many errors occur because individuals do not spell or fact check their records. Having one number missing or out of place can cause your application to be manually reviewed. The business office of the university will send you a package of additional information required to complete and return the application will be processed. Reviewing paperwork needed a few extra minutes of your time and can save you thousands of dollars, make sure you review it.
Second, apply early. Many students can wait until the last minute to apply for funds that are available. However, due to the current economy, there are many more students who apply for assistance. Students can apply using FAFSA begins in early January. Parents and students can use the estimated tax returns to complete their information. The information can be updated once parents and students complete their tax returns.
Third, parents should be honest when filling out the FAFSA. Many people try to game FAFSA by entering incorrect or inaccurate information. Financial aid departments have the ability to access this information through the 1099’s, W-2 forms and other tax information. Parents should ensure that their information is correct in order to keep the financial problems of aid to a minimum.
Fourth, ask for a review. Parents who recently became unemployed or students who had death in the family may qualify for extra financial assistance. Students who have had a significant event happened recently in their lives to inform the financial aid office in writing. Special circumstances can enable the school to do a special fund set aside for different situations, determined by donors. Make sure you notify the school in writing or you may be unable to qualify for these funds.
Financial aid problems can be difficult for many students and parents to resolve. However, there are many options available for students who are willing to complete their applications early, be honest and ask for help.