Great Advice for Parents 2022

- Both: If your child will be attending college during both time periods and hasn’t completed the 2022–23 FAFSA form yet. Complete that form first, wait until it processes (one to three days), and then go back in and complete the 2023–24 FAFSA form afterwards. - Were you given the option to submit a FAFSA Renewal? If your child is present, you should choose this option. If you do, a lot of the demographic information required will prepopulate. Your child must be present because he or she will need to enter the student’s FSA ID to continue. If your child is not present, you should select “Start a New FAFSA Form.” • Create a save key. A save key is a temporary password that allows you and your child to “pass” the FAFSA form back and forth. It also allows you to save your child’s FAFSA form and return to it later. Once you create a save key, share it with your child. He or she will need it to complete some steps later. Avoid simultaneous log ins. You and your child should not fill out the FAFSA form online at the same time. Your progress can be lost if your child selects “Save” at a different point in the application. FILL OUT THE “STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS” SECTION After the introduction page, you will proceed to enter basic demographic information about your child, such as name, date of birth, etc. If you chose the FAFSA renewal option in step two, a lot of his or her personal information will prepopulate to save you time. Make sure you enter your child’s personal information exactly as it appears on his or her Social Security card to avoid errors. (That’s right, no nicknames.) LIST THE SCHOOLS THAT WILL RECEIVE YOUR FAFSA INFORMATION In the “School Selection” section, you’ll add all the schools that you want to receive your child’s FAFSA information. It is important that you add every school your child is considering, even if he or she hasn’t applied or been accepted yet. It doesn’t hurt to add more schools; colleges can’t see the other ones. In fact, you don’t even have to remove schools if your child later decides not to apply 4 or attend. If your child doesn’t end up applying or getting accepted to a school, the school can disregard the FAFSA form. You can remove schools at any time to make room for new ones. You can add up to 10 schools at a time. If your child is applying to more than 10 schools, consider these options. 3

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