FAFSA State Deadlines Approaching

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is not just for federal student loans, but can also help you to get other forms of financial aid, like state grants. Since you don't have to pay these grants back -- it's free money -- it is vital to get your application in before the deadline.

Filling out the FAFSA is time consuming and requires tons of documentation and information, such as federal income tax returns, W-2 forms, bank statements, and investment information. And if you're under 18, you will need all of your parent's information, too.

17 states have deadlines coming in the next three months:

Feb. 15: Connecticut
March 1: Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia
March 2: California
March 10: Indiana
March 15: Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Dakota
March 31: Mississippi
April 15: Arkansas, Delaware

An estimated 2 million students missed out on free money last year. Don't be one of the unlucky ones this year. Start gathering the required documentation and filling out your FAFSA now.

You can begin filling out the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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