Posted by Karen Nichols

Jan 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s a new year — time for high school seniors and college students to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for 2016–17. The mother of all Financial Aid forms, the FAFSA is required to access aid from federal, state, and college sources, both need- and merit-based. It is to your advantage to apply, whether or not you think you will qualify. Most college students receive some form of need- or merit-based aid — if they apply.

Many types of aid are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your FAFSA as soon as possible. You don’t have to wait until you file your tax returns to apply; the FAFSA allows you to estimate your 2015 taxes based on your 2014 returns.

To learn more about the process and how to ensure you receive the most aid possible, see these popular financial aid posts on the Doorway to College blog:

11 Things You Need to Know About the FAFSA

Top 5 FAFSA Mistakes

The Top 5 Tips for Receiving the Best Financial Aid Package Possible

For more information on the FAFSA, visit

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