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Filing the FAFSA: The Edvisors Guide to Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid [Kindle Edition]

Mark Kantrowitz , David Levy
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Every year, more than 20 million students and parents file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the gateway to federal, state and school financial aid. Families often worry about making costly mistakes, but this step-by-step guide provides expert advice and insights to:
• Maximize eligibility for student aid
• Avoid common errors
• Complete the form quickly, easily and accurately

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

"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

About the Authors

Mark Kantrowitz is Senior Vice President and Publisher of Edvisors.com, a group of web sites about planning and paying for college. Mark is a nationally recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans.

David Levy is Associate Editor of Edvisors.com. David is a 30-year veteran director of financial aid at some of the nation's leading colleges, including Scripps College, the California Institute of Technology and Occidental College.


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About the Author

Mark Kantrowitz is Senior Vice President and Publisher of Edvisors.com, a group of web sites about planning and paying for college. Mark is a nationally recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans. David Levy is Associate Editor of Edvisors.com. David is a 30-year veteran director of financial aid at some of the nation's leading colleges, including Scripps College, the California Institute of Technology and Occidental College.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6721 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991464605
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Edvisors Network, Inc. (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HX6E4KQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
College is worthwhile and expensive. There’s over $247 billion in student financial aid money available, but you have to know how to apply for it. Here’s a book that shows you how to navigate the FAFSA system. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You file it not just for federal and state aid but also for most colleges and universities.
Mark Kantrowitz and David Levy, experts in college financial aid, start with specific instruction: If your student is a senior in high school, complete the FAFSA as soon after January 1st of that senior year. You may miss early grant deadlines, if you wait until you file your April income taxes. Since money is awarded on a first come basis, the money may run out if you wait to the June deadline. File every year even if you have enough money to fund Freshman year, or your family is “wealthy”. (See page 34)
File online. That system helps you check for errors and omissions which could delay your application. The authors take you step by step through the online FAFSA form starting with which web browsers to use, to the list of personal data to have next to your computer, to how to file for a PIN for parent and student, to explaining citizenship status, to parents’ untaxed income, to workarounds for college (529) plans owned by grandparents, to how to compare the award letters, to strategies for improving the student’s eligibility for aid, and much more.
The guide is logical, but not mechanical, or legalistic. The authors are very clear, and anticipate questions you might have because they have been helping families for over 30 years. There are many examples and web screen shots. Throughout this book, the authors are not just coaching you, but pulling for your success. Buy it and follow their instructions.

Also read Secrets to Winning a Scholarship by Mark Kantrowitz
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filing the FAFSA February 12, 2014
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Filing the FASFA is a very informative, comprehensively detailed and instructive step-by-step guide to completing the FAFSA from start to finish. Filing the FAFSA presents invaluable information that is written in a very user-friendly, accurate, clear and complete manner that is not intimidating to the reader, but, on the contrary, will provide immense insights, understanding, and confidence to families when completing the FAFSA. Filing the FASFA further helps to define every entry within FAFSA on the Web (FOTW). It covers all the important elements of the financial aid process: how to avoid common errors, strategies to facilitate increasing eligibility for need-based financial aid, and other funding options to assist in covering college costs.
Ronald W. Johnson
Director
Financial Aid and Scholarships
University of California at Los Angeles
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For those with $$$ and assets June 4, 2014
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This book is well written and it helped our family on two issues. It is not as useful for the middle to lower income people. It could make one confused about certain things. If you are not a big income family, you must read the book all of the way through to avoid confusion. It's very important to read it cover to cover before you do your FAFSA. I believe the authors suggest this to all readers.

The book is 5 stars for those who have a lot of money and assets. It's not as helpful for regular people, who actually need financial help for their kids. That's me. ( I am giving the book to my wealthy friend, and that statement is fairly hilarious.)

Certain sections apply nicely for the wealthier person, to simply pick the part of the book that deals with a conundrum about assets, how to list them on the FAFSA, etc. The book also covers questions for those who are or have been in the military.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive resource for all students and families February 25, 2014
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Mark Kantrowitz and David Levy remove the anxiety and stress of filing out a FAFSA. In four steps, "Getting Ready", " FAFSA Account Creation and Setup", "Completing the FAFSA", and "Next Steps", they walk you through each section with great detail. Additionally, you will find answers to many, if not all of your questions in this clear and concise book.

This book is recommended highly for students, families, school counselors, independent educational consultants, and others who need to know about the FAFSA.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book February 22, 2015
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Don't buy this book! If you are reading this you have probably smart enough and have done enough research that you already know everything in this book. Most of it simply repeats the basic instructions given when you fill out the form. You would be better off taking the money that this book costs and applying it towards your college fund. Good Luck
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Very Insightful. Clearly demonstrated the best way to go about the FAFSA process. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking to apply for financial aid.
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