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Important
Financial Aid Requirements

The Most Important Aid Application You Never Want To Miss Filing.

Follow these financial aid requirements closely and you’re more likely to…

    [Make the financial aid process easier.
    [Make your life less stressful.
    [Keep everything organized.
    [Win more financial aid money.

It really does seem confusing with all the requirements that you need to pay attention to between college admission, scholarships and financial aid.

But I can't stress enough the importance of staying on top of all these requirements, from due dates, income tax papers to essays. Missing any of these requirements could mean missing out on several thousands of dollars in financial aid or free school money.

Important Financial Aid Requirements

1) FAFSA Application: The first and most important application you’ll fill out. It’s the one application that will get you the most federal aid, grants and free scholarship money for college and it’s the first step on the road to finding lots of scholarship money to help pay for college.

Important Note: An important part of your financial aid requirements is to fill out the FAFSA each new school year. The application covers only the upcoming school year.

2) FAFSA Application Deadline: It’s important that if you’re going to take advantage of all the financial aid money available to you, you’ll want to make sure you meet all financial aid application deadlines for your particular state.

Financial Aid Requirements Visit your financial aid office for FAFSA deadlines and requirements and remember to search the financial aid section of the college or university website you’re applying to for additional forms and applications that you’ll need to file in addition to the FAFSA.

Alabama: Check with financial aid office.
Alaska: June 30th
Arizona: Check with financial aid office.
Arkansas: Check with financial aid office.
California: Check with financial aid office.
Colorado: Check with financial aid office.
Connecticut: February 15th (additional forms may be required)
Delaware: April 15th
District of Columbia: June 30th (additional forms may be required)
Florida: May 15th
Georgia: See financial aid office for requirements.
Hawaii: Check with financial aid office.
Idaho: March 1st
Illinois: Check with financial aid office.
Indiana: March 10th
Iowa: July 1st
Kansas: April 1st (additional forms may be required)
Kentucky: Check with financial aid office.
Louisiana: June 30th
Maine: May 1st
Maryland: March 1st
Massachusetts: May 1st
Michigan: March 1st
Minnesota: Check with financial aid office.
Mississippi: See financial aid office for requirements.
Missouri: April 2nd
Montana: March 1st
Nebraska: Check with financial aid office.
Nevada: See financial aid office for requirements.
New Hampshire: May 1st
New Jersey: Visit with financial aid staff.
New Mexico: Visit with financial aid staff.
North Carolina: See financial aid office for requirements.
North Dakota: April 15th
Ohio: October 1st
Oklahoma: March 1st
Oregon: Check with financial aid office.
Pennsylvania: Check with financial aid office.
Puerto Rico: Check with financial aid office.
Rhode Island: March 1st
South Carolina: Visit with financial aid staff for requirements.
South Dakota: Check with financial aid office.
Tennessee: Visit financial aid dept. for requirements.
Texas: Check with financial aid office.
Utah: Check with financial aid office.
Vermont: Visit financial aid dept.
Virginia: Check with financial aid office.
Washington: Check with financial aid office.
West Virginia: Check with financial aid office.
Wisconsin: Check with financial aid office.
Wyoming: Check with financial aid office.

3) Income Tax Returns: Keep a record of your previous years tax returns and keep them handy. You’ll need to refer back to them each year you apply for aid.

Keeping organized financial records helps keep your financial aid requirements stress-free.

Your FAFSA financial aid application will save all of last years information that you put in. So when you reapply, you're requirements are to update any information that's changed from the prior year. Always check the information that you submit for errors and accuracy so that it doesn't hold up your application or ability to receive your aid.

4) College or University Financial Aid Requirements: Filing the FAFSA is all you need to do to apply for federal financial aid in many cases. But…in other cases there are forms that need to be filled out and submitted with very specific instruction in addition to the FAFSA. Failing to file these forms can delay your application and prevent you from receiving all the financial aid for school your eligible to receive.

Stay on track with your requirements with the help of our financial aid help checklist.

You can avoid this type of delay by carefully reviewing the financial aid requirements section of the websites of each of the schools you plan to apply for aid. This is where you’ll find any additional forms, deadlines and specific instructions on how to submit your application.

Of these financial aid requirements, I like to mention this one often, because it’s the one that likely gets forgotten until your FAFSA is delayed or denied. Now that you know, it doesn’t have to happen to you.

Remember that these financial aid requirements are the first steps in applying for scholarships and federal financial aid.

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