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Navigating FAFSA and the Common App Integration

So, I'm working on my financial aid applications and the Common App at the same time. I'm kinda lost about how to add FAFSA information to my Common App. Can someone guide me through the process or let me know if it's even necessary to link them? Much appreciated!

8 months ago

Absolutely, I can help guide you through this process. First and foremost, it's essential to understand that while your FAFSA information isn't directly added to your Common App, both are critical pieces of your college application journey. The Common App will collect your general application information, including details about your academics, extracurriculars, and personal essays. On the other hand, the FAFSA is used to apply for financial aid from the government, and sometimes the colleges themselves will use the information to determine your financial aid package.

Once you complete the FAFSA, you'll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which summarizes your information and expected family contribution (EFC). You don't need to submit this through the Common App, but you should check each college's financial aid requirements as some might request a copy. Additionally, make sure that you've included all of the colleges you're applying to on your FAFSA so that they can receive your financial data directly. It's also crucial to pay attention to each college's financial aid deadlines, which can sometimes be different from the application deadlines.

When in doubt, reach out to the financial aid offices of the colleges you're applying to; they can offer the most personalized guidance. And, of course, your high school counselor is also a valuable resource—feel free to ask them for help or clarification when needed. You're on the right track by tackling both of these tasks, and with a little attention to detail, you'll have your applications and aid sorted out.

8 months ago

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