2012 - 2013 FAFSA Application

The FAFSA application must be completed in order to be eligible to receive a Direct Loan or other federal financial aid.  The FAFSA can be completed and submitted online or can be downloaded as a PDF file.  Each year, the Department of Education makes updates to the FAFSA application to improve the overall application process.  For the 2012-2013 school year application, the Department of Education made the following changes to the FAFSA:

+   FAFSA on the Web has been updated to help applicants better navigate the process. In the past, applicants had to choose where in the process to start or resume. Now, the system is able to know exactly where the student last stopped in the application process.

+   Editing information on the FAFSA is now easier and more user-friendly. Students will now be more familiar with the layout, since the editing pages look very similar to the actual FAFSA application page.  Previously, students were sent to a webpage that looked different then the official FAFSA application site.  
+   The FAFSA on the web application now has more skip logic functionality within the online application. Skip logic takes answers that youíve provided and eliminates all unnecessary proceeding questions, which is meant to not create more work for the applicant.   The Department of Education began implementing this technology a few years ago and has been improving it each year.

The 2012-2013 FAFSA Application can be completed and submitted anytime on or after January 1, 2012.  Please note that the FAFSA must be completed each year if you are interested in receiving a Direct Loan or any other type of federal student aid for the following school year.
Students should complete the FAFSA each year regardless of their income level.  Many families decide to opt-out of the FAFSA because they feel they make too much or have too many assets to qualify for federal student aid.  Itís important to know that federal student aid laws and calculations change each school year, so what might be considered a high income level this year, may not be for following years.  Families and students should always complete the FAFSA to be considered for a Direct Loan or other federal financial aid available to students.. 

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