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FAFSA? What's FAFSA? It's your Free Application for Financial Aid. Important stuff! But before diving into all that form-filling, here's a brief heads-up on some common terms.

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Your FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is your gateway to all things financial aid. It can unlock access to federal student loans, as well as state and institution-based grants and scholarships. 

Let's take a look at how FAFSA works, and how you can get it to work for you. 

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Are you concerned that your financial aid award doesn't reflect your current financial circumstances? If so, you're not alone.  

If that’s the position you’re in, there is something you can do about it. Let’s look at how to work with your school’s financial aid office, and then discuss the four times you should definitely appeal your financial aid award.

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At Nitro, we want to help you get through the FAFSA with as little pain as possible. Here, we've hunted down the answers to your latest and most-pressing FAFSA questions.

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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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