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Four things to know after filing the FAFSA

The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available Oct. 1. The U.S. Department of Education has a few tips about what to look out for after your child submits the form.

 1. The FAFSA confirmation page is not your financial aid award. After you complete the FAFSA online and click “SUBMIT,” you’ll see a confirmation page. This is not the award package. That will come separately from the school(s) the student is accepted into. Schools calculate aid . The confirmation page provides federal aid estimates based on the information provided.

 2. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is just one of many factors used to calculate aid. Some schools may meet 100 percent of financial need, and other schools may only meet 10 percent – it depends on the school and the financial aid they have available that year. Students should complete the FAFSA annually because there are many factors that can change each year you plan to be in school.

3. You won’t receive an award letter from your school right away. Even though the 2017-18 FAFSA is available in October this year, that doesn’t mean schools will send award letters earlier. Some schools may send letters earlier, while other schools may stick to the timeline they have used in the past.

4. You can submit a FAFSA correction later, such as adding a school. After your FAFSA has been submitted and processed (takes about three days), students can go back and submit a correction to certain fields. This includes correcting a mistake or adding another school. You can add up to 10 schools at a time.
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