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Is submitting the FAFSA a must for college applications?

What's up, folks? Quick question from a slightly confused junior: I know the FAFSA is for financial aid, but is it actually necessary to submit it with your college applications? Or is it just if you want to apply for aid? Trying to figure out if I need to get that sorted soon or if it's optional.

7 months ago

Hey there! I totally understand the confusion around the FAFSA. Submitting the FAFSA isn't necessary for your college application to be considered complete. However, it is absolutely crucial if you're looking to get any kind of financial aid—including federal loans, scholarships, grants, and sometimes even school-specific financial aid.

So yes, it's technically optional if you're certain you don't want or need financial assistance for college. But keep in mind that many families submit it just in case because you never know what kind of aid you might receive.

Plus, your financial situation could change, and you'd want to have that FAFSA in to access potential aid. It's best to get it done sooner rather than later because some aid is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Hope this helps!

7 months ago

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