Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) sounds like the best deal in the world.
You as a parent spend just a little bit of time entering information into a clear, safe online form, and a kid you love magically gets put in line for free money to help pay for college.
Magically—in just minutes—your kid’s in line for nine separate federal student aid programs, over 600 state aid programs, and most of the college-based (institutional) aid available in the United States.
So why do some parents balk at filling out the FAFSA?
The biggest reason I hear from parents who aren’t filling out the FAFSA is, “We’re not gonna get anything anyway…”
Are you 100% sure about that?
Quick, read this article I’ve written on 7 Reasons to Fill Out the FAFSA Even If You’re Rich.
After you do, consider this very important reason that even the wealthiest families should be filling out the FAFSA:
Filling out the FAFSA protects your kid in the event of unforeseen family setbacks.
If your fortunes happen to suddenly turn for the worse, you’ll want your kid to be in the pipeline to receive help.
Filling out the FAFSA is the best way to provide this kind of protection.
Every year there are very wealthy families whose fortunes turn suddenly and unexpectedly for the worse. People lose businesses. They divorce, lose jobs, or suffer house fires. They may get devastating medical diagnoses. If this happens to you, you’ll want your college-age children to be in the financial aid system where they can walk into a college financial aid office and get the help they suddenly need.
Please, read my very informative article 7 Reasons to Fill Out the FAFSA Even If You’re Rich. This article contains a free, downloadable resource that will help your family get the most college money possible when you fill out the FAFSA each year, starting October 1st of your child’s senior year of high school.
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26 and their parents and grandparents. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, Parents Magazine, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.
This article was most recently updated on September 24th, 2022.