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Tips for Staying Organized Through the Financial Aid Application Process

 You might notice that this process is very similar to staying organized through the college application process:

§  Keep copies of all documents you send to colleges. Sometimes items get lost in the mail or are misfiled; be prepared to send them again so you don’t lose time.

§  Make multiple copies of your custodial parent’s tax forms to fax or mail to colleges if you are asked to verify information on your FAFSA. 

§  If you have questions about your award package, call the financial aid office at the college and ask to speak to a financial aid officer.  Keep notes of the names of the people you speak to and dates of your phone or e-mail contacts at a college. Especially if someone is helpful, try to work with that person consistently when you call, so that you always talk to someone familiar with your situation

§  To stay organized keep a checklist.