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Filing the FAFSA, 2015-2016 Edition (Cover)

Filing the FAFSA, 2015-2016 Edition, is available for free download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format:

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Filing the FAFSA Guide Book

Filing the FAFSA, 2014-2015 Edition, is available for free download in three formats:

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Filing the FAFSA, 2015-2016 Edition (Cover)

Filing the FAFSA, 2015-2016 Edition

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Filing the FAFSA Guide Book

Filing the FAFSA, 2014-2015 Edition

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Why Download the Filing the FAFSA Guide?

The FAFSA is one of the most important forms you’ll ever fill out for financial aid — and thousands of students miss millions of dollars every year by not completing it quickly or correctly.

Key benefits:

  • Written by financial aid experts Mark Kantrowitz and David Levy
  • Delivers the instructions and guidance you need to avoid costly errors
  • Offers advice for increasing eligibility for student financial aid

Praise for Filing the FAFSA

“I found Filing the FAFSA to be an up-to-the-minute, accessible and readable resource for those with a keen interest in the current federal application for student financial aid.”
- Nancy Coolidge, Office of the President, University of California

“This book - Filing the FAFSA - provides a significant contribution in assisting students in completing the form so that their financial aid eligibility can be determined and they can go on to take advantage of a college education. A MUST READ.”
-Leo Kornfield, Former Assistant Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

“Families need a guide that breaks down the application form into logical sections. Filing the FAFSA is an important tool in removing some of the mystery surrounding the financial aid process.”
- Verna Hazen, Assistant Vice President and Director, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Rochester Institute of Technology

“With the plethora of information on the subject of completing college financial applications, it’s reassuring to find a guide that students, parents and even guidance counselors can look to for useful and accurate information.”
- Carlos Adrian, Associate Director, Financial Aid Compliance, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, Syracuse University

“As a long-time financial aid professional, I am always looking for helpful tools to assist families in understanding the sometimes overwhelming process of applying for student financial aid for college. Filing the FAFSA is a tool that successfully combines the presentation of detailed information with easy to follow flow charts and summary boxes to guide families through the application process. It is filled with helpful hints and is a valuable resource for families navigating the complicated world of financial aid.”
- Diane Stemper, Executive Director, Office of Enrollment Services, Student Financial Aid, Ohio State University

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