Thursday, October 11, 2007

Funding for College

Being a first generation college student in my family, I didn't have much of a clue about paying for college except that my only source of income at the time were my parents' pockets. After graduating high school, I enrolled in several classes at the community college in the nearest city. When the tuition bill arrived, I dropped all of my classes because I was afraid of asking my parents to pay it and too shy to seek assistance elsewhere. Had I known about about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), I would have started college much sooner.

Filling out a fafsa application, however, is a challenge in itself. There were pages and pages I had to fill out with so many questions to answer. Filling out a fafsa application is very much like filling out a tax return form (and not the simple 1040EZ either) but there are helpful resources available.

I wish had the free tutorials and assistance in completing FAFSA (on paper or online) offered at The website also has secrets to maximizing federal financial aid which will decrease your out-of-pocket cost of education in the long run.

If you are thinking of going to college or returning to school, make one of your most important stops.

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