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Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:30 pm

Okay, so I made this topic really quickly because apparently there's a whole lot of people who don't know about this.

So, if you're an American student, or a student who is currently residing in the United States of America, and you want to go to an American University, but are struggling with money, there's something that can help you.

The United States has this thing call the FAFSA, and it's a series of documents that you fill out online and submit to the government, which will then assess your financial needs and report these to the universities that you are applying to so that, if you get accepted, they will help you cover the expenses you need help covering.

The web address for this is www.fafsa.gov and it's super quick and easy. It'll take you an hour, simply because there's a lot to fill out, but don't let that discourage you. It's a great way to get the financial help you need to get you through school.

Also, you're going to need your parents/guardians present for it because they have to give their financial information. If your parents are divorced, you basically get to pick whose financial info to use.

In short. With your parents, take an hour to fill out these forms during the January before you plan to attend college, and in return you get FREE MONEY that you DO NOT HAVE TO PAY BACK that is yours to SPEND ON COLLEGE. FREE MONEY FOR COLLEGE! What could be better!? (Do not answer that question.)

Anyhow, hopefully the FAFSA will help you guys, and I wish you all good luck.

EDIT: Something else to note. Remember that you need to go to www.fafsa.gov to fill out the FAFSA. There is another site that has .com instead of .gov, and that is a scam. The FAFSA is COMPLETELY FREE because the idea is to HELP YOU GET MONEY!


EDIT 2: Additionally, the FAFSA is something you fill out EVERY year that you're in university, unless you do not want that free money. So make sure, every year that you're in university, fill out the FAFSA in January, and submit in early-mid February.


Information Night Info: Okay, so let's get some more stuff about the FAFSA out there.

So, for the FAFSA there are some things that you need to get straight. The first is your name. Your name on your FAFSA must, must, MUST be your full, legal name. So let's say you're a Chinese immigrant with citizenship, and you go by John, but your legal name is Shi-Lun Li, then you need to put down Shi-Lun Li. Also, let's say you go by Chris, but your actual first name is Christine. You need to put down Christine, otherwise the FAFSA will not recognise you.

You will need both your Social Security Card information and your Parent's Social Security Card information for this document. Now, let's say you were born here and are an American citizen, but your parent is an immigrant from South Africa. Your parent will probably have an Alien Registration Number which they will use in place of your Social Security Card. In addition, if you're a legal immigrant to the United States, but are not a citizen, you will have an Alien Registration Number that you can use in place of the SSC. Now, if you are here illegally, you won't have either of these, but can still fill out the FAFSA. Unfortunately, you won't get Federal Grants, but they will pass the FAFSA onto the universities you've applied to, which can still allocate you money to use, as long as you promise them that you will get yourself U.S. Citizenship as soon as you possibly can.

Now, the FAFSA will ask you for your financial information, as well as your parent's. This information will ask you about your income and the taxes you've filed. If, at this point in time, you work a job that gives you a steady pay, you MUST report this on the FAFSA. This will be the same for your parents. Now, all the numbers they use will be based on the previous year's taxes, most of which are being filed right now. What you do for this part of the FAFSA is make an estimate based on the previous year's taxes, and then update the FAFSA when you have filed your taxes. Don't wait until you've filed taxes, because then you're competing for smaller amounts of money. Fill and file the FAFSA now, because you can ALWAYS go back and update it later.

So, some people have parents that, for whatever reason, work jobs outside the United States and make their money in, say, Hong Kong. If this is your situation, YOUR PARENTS STILL NEED TO PUT THEIR INFO DOWN!!!! They will need to convert their earnings into United States Dollars and provide the information for your FAFSA so that the government can properly evaluate how much financial aid your really need.

Oh, one last point financially. Every time you fill out the FAFSA, you MUST put down your parent's financial information, even if you are 18. FAFSA land does not recognise you as an independent person until you are 24, so until then, every time you fill out the FAFSA, your parents will need to supply information to you.

Guys, sorry about this, but in order to receive financial aid from the FAFSA, you need to sign up for the Selective Service. If you don't know what that is, it's basically the Draft, which means that, if the United States goes into a war and decides that they need to draft soldiers, you are eligible to be dragged into the United States Armed Forces and serve your country on the battlefield. Girls, you're in luck. You don't need to do that! HOORAY FOR SEXISM!!!

Now, final point. If you are well off, and believe that you don't need to do the FAFSA because, after federal loans, you're going to be fine, you're wrong. Even if you don't qualify for need-based aid, firstly, the FAFSA can still get you money (which is AWESOME!) and secondly, if you want to be able to apply for Federal Loans, you need to complete and submit the FAFSA! Ain't that swell?

So yeah, that's all the info I have for you about the FAFSA. Hope you guys enjoy.



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Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015 2:37 pm

Thanks, Naito-Kun! I will give this some thought and look it over!



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Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:26 pm

Fafsa got me like 20k out of my high school GPA for when I went to art school.

I'll simplify it: Got good grades in High School? Are you going to be a full time student? Fill these forms, have some free money for school.



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Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:41 pm

Wow i got to remember that site 3-4 years from now, itll help a lot. thanks Naito



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Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:54 pm

Remember to keep your grades as high as you can during High School. That is the corner stone of how Fafsa works!



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Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:30 pm

Edited the first post with some additional info.

And in regards to what Heat said, don't think that you have to have straight perfect prissy A's across your report card. Some B's and C's are acceptable. And in addition, sometimes people will just have a bad year. Maybe your parents got divorced, and it was tough on you, or a grandparent died and people started fighting for inheritance or whatnot. The government gets that you're not always going to be able to get good grades. Now, with regards to this, if you have a really shitty year. A year full of C's and D's on your report card, and you failed a class, etc, that happens. Now, if you fix that failed class by making it up, and then show improvement the next year with your grades, the gov't and universities will notice that and will take that into regards when evaluating your FAFSA.



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Posted on Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:31 pm

Damn Americans get free money when they want



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:58 am

lol the only free thing we can get BWG is what torrents give us Grin



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:02 am

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You two are forgetting birthday money Chill .



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:29 am

True. I've gotten all A's and B's through out High School, so I have no problem there. Laughing

And Ski, birthday money? ;-; I don't get birthday money. ;-;



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:09 am

Sucks to be you Laughing .



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:10 am

@Skitoritto wrote:Sucks to be you Laughing .
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I get horses and horse stuff for my birthdays. That's all I need. :3



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:09 am

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@Skitoritto wrote:Sucks to be you Laughing .
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I get horses and horse stuff for my birthdays. That's all I need. :3
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Stop braggin' about your horse stuff and get to filling out this bloody FAFSA. .-.



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:13 am


@Skitoritto wrote:You two are forgetting birthday money Chill .
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I didn't get that since I was 10.



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:15 am

The only thing I get on my birthday is my friends hoping that we will go out that night and that It's gonna be on my bill...



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:38 am

Sorry to be a Grinch, but if the off topic discussion continues, I'm going to make another thread for it and export it over to that thread. I'd prefer this thread keep open for those who want to ask questions about the FAFSA.



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 8:00 am

FAFSA it is boss! Grin



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:46 pm

@Naito: I never said they needed straight As, just good grades. I still got a high GPA even with a C in Algebra 2.

Also, if things work out in Washington, it is said some community colleges will give you 2 free years to start. Usually people begin in Community College, take all the general classes and then transfer to where you want to get your degree from-- that is if you're not rich.



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:30 pm

@Heatnix wrote:@Naito: I never said they needed straight As, just good grades. I still got a high GPA even with a C in Algebra 2.

Also, if things work out in Washington, it is said some community colleges will give you 2 free years to start. Usually people begin in Community College, take all the general classes and then transfer to where you want to get your degree from-- that is if you're not rich.
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Huh.... I honestly didn't know this. o.o



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Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:24 pm

Most careers/degrees require, what? english? philosophy? math? and you go to a school where you get those at 2k a class? no, no. Most people who lack the resources or commitment to have a massive student loan begin in community college and get these small fishes out of the way. They take all the classes your degree requires that aren't specific to your degree, like those mentioned before. Afterward they transfer to the college of their choosing and take all the classes corresponding of their field etc.



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Posted on Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:21 am

Huh, funny, my school counselor last week said she will help me fill out my FAFSA, which I never heard of, but couldn't cuz I don't know my social security number, and my parents won't give it to me, and now I see thread bout it here. o_o



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Posted on Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:50 am

, but couldn't cuz I don't know my social security number, and my parents won't give it to me,

90% sure your parents aren't legally allowed to do that as it is part of your right to an identity and your classification as an american citizen. Probably comes close to identity theft as well. Tell em to stuff it and give you your number.



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Posted on Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:57 am

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, but couldn't cuz I don't know my social security number, and my parents won't give it to me,

90% sure your parents aren't legally allowed to do that as it is part of your right to an identity and your classification as an american citizen. Probably comes close to identity theft as well. Tell em to stuff it and give you your number.
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I wasn't allowed my SS Card till I was 16. Linda SHOULD have it by now. Like JJ said, it's legal rights. Must things can't be done without an SS Card and/or ID card.

Also, let's not keep changing the subject here. Naito wanted this post to be only for questions about FAFSA.



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Posted on Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:32 am

It took me around 3 years to memorize my SS. My phone number? Around 2 years. I really hate numbers.



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Posted on Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:50 am

haha maybe N has family like our standard here at balkan. Here, if your parents feed you, then you listen to them. if you don't and claim some legal things bla bla, then they can just throw you out to the street lol. then you have just your rights but no money nor food nor clothes Grin



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