Great Advice for Parents 2020

Have a back-up plan if your finances change During tough times you’re going to be living with uncertainty about your family’s future financial picture. But if your finances do change in the application process or while you’re in school, you can always ask for more aid. Asking for more aid via an appeal or updating your financial aid application are fail-safe options to use if something unexpected comes up, like a job loss or a medical emergency. There are two ways to get more aid: • Update your Free Application for Federal Student Aid , or FAFSA. Make updates at You can correct any errors and provide new financial information. You have until the FAFSA deadline (June 30) to make changes. For the 2021-22 school year you have until June 30, 2022, to do it. • File an appeal. Contact your school’s financial aid office and request for more aid. Make the request via email or phone and include the specific additional sum you’ll need and supporting documents to demonstrate why you need it.

Anna Helhoski is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website.

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