Three Days Until FAFSA Financial Aid Priority Deadline!

If you want to receive financial aid during the 2008-09 college year and have not yet filed you FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), do it today. March 3 is the deadline for priority consideration, and you definitely want to meet this mark. While your aid application may still be submitted after March (and all the way until June 30), you will need to file before this priority deadline to increase your likelihood of receiving maximum consideration for all sources of aid.

Also note that many states have March state-specific deadlines including: California, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, and others (consult the official FAFSA website for state filing deadlines).

Leap-year may have bought you an extra day, but take this weekend to complete and submit your FAFSA online if you have not done so already. Even if you are waiting for information like your W-2s, your parents' W-2s, or other financial or tax information, you should fill out the FAFSA with your best guesses and then submit a correction later.

Last year, an estimated 2 million students who lost out on free money. Don't make that same mistake. Begin filling out your application at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

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