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2010-2011 FAFSA Screenshots

2010-2011 FAFSA Screenshots (Photo credit: Christopher S. Penn)


The financial fun never ends around here.  After nailing down the final word on my tax return, or lack thereof, I moved on to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  This is the main form necessary for virtually all financial aid for college students.  It’s a federal form, but the states use it, too.  And just to make the stakes even higher, colleges and universities base their financial aid offers on the FAFSA, too.


Yikes, no pressure.


I don’t dare procrastinate on getting this done.  It’s got a hard deadline of March 1 (for California aid) and they aren’t screwing around.  Some aid is awarded on a first come, first served basis, so it’s best to beat the deadline, otherwise the money may run out before you get a share.


And, of course, our situation is complicated.  As in separated with no legal agreement, no income, no tax return complicated.  So I’m going over the form examining each question and the associated handy hints minutely.  Because this is a Big Deal.  Kid #1 will be transferring from a community college to a four-year university and financial aid plays a huge role in where (and possibly even whether) he can do that.


Jeez, being the grown-up is a pain in the ass.


Fingers crossed that I get all the right information in all the right places and kid #1 gets every bit of aid he qualifies for without any drama.  Is that too much to hope for?