Department of Education answers FAFSA questions
Men and women of faith who decide to return to school and earn their degrees from Christian colleges and universities may find the process of applying for financial aid somewhat daunting. Nontraditional students often lack access to college admissions advisers, and instead have to rely on their own initiative during the application process. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Education (DoED) recently answered some of the top frequently asked questions on its official blog.
One concern many individuals planning to enroll at Christian colleges and universities share is how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if they have not yet filed their taxes. To overcome this problem, applicants can select “will file” when asked if they have filed their return and estimate their income using the Income Estimator tool.
Some individuals may not be aware of the deadlines that the FAFSA has to be submitted by. According to the DoED, this will vary depending on where students live. Applicants should check their state’s Department of Education website for filing due dates, or use this list to determine when they should file the FAFSA. However, no matter where students live, they should keep in mind that it is recommended that they complete their FAFSA form as close to January 1 as possible to ensure they do not miss valuable financial aid opportunities.
Students thinking about studying at Christian colleges and universities may also find this infographic useful, as it provides a visual timeline of the financial aid application process.