January 7, 2010

A Parent’s FAFSA Checklist

Posted in FAFSA tagged , at 4:14 PM by plusloans

As a parent in the midst of FAFSA season you are probably wondering what your role in the financial aid process should be. Here is a quick checklist to make sure you are on the right track:

  • Obtain your own FAFSA PIN number at http://www.pin.ed.gov. Your PIN will act as your electronic signature on your child’s online FAFSA.
  • File your taxes as early as possible, but do not delay the FAFSA due to your taxes not being done. You can estimate your financial information on the FAFSA, but you will have to finalize it later.
  • Help your child complete everything on their “to do” list.
  • File the FAFSA online- it is much easier and faster and your information is 100% safe.
  • Examine the bill from the school your child chooses and make she you understand all of the fees and how they will be paid.