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The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, isn’t difficult to fill out, but certain errors could have a big impact on your eligibility for financial aid. 

Here are 11 mistakes to avoid. 

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Should you fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if you think you won't qualify for aid? Do you need to reapply every year? Is the FAFSA even worth your time? Most importantly, are you holding FAFSA misconceptions that are costing you money?

Take the quiz below to test your FAFSA IQ.

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In most cases, you will need to re-apply for federal student aid each year you are in school. But does that mean completing a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) per semester or just once per year?

The fast answer: once per year. But like with most fast answers, there are exceptions. Let's dig in a little deeper. 

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In your haste to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it's easy to make a mistake or leave out important information. But if you realize after the fact that you've made an error, all is not lost.

There are three ways to correct a mistake on you FAFSA form:

  1. Get in touch with the school.
  2. Update your information online, or
  3. File an appeal.

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Here at Nitro, we frequently talk with financial aid officers at colleges and universities around the country.

When we ask them about the biggest mistake people make when paying for college, we hear the same thing over and over: They don't apply for FAFSA.

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If you’re planning on attending college next fall, be on the alert: the time to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is as close to October 1, 2018 as possible.

While technically you can complete your FAFSA anytime through summer of 2020, in the financial aid world, the early bird gets the worm. There are three due dates you’ll need to keep an eye on:

  • The federal due date
  • Your school’s due date, and
  • The state’s due date.

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