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Who's filling out the FAFSA at the stroke of midnight Jan 1 2012?

ayymeerayymeer Posts: 252Registered User Junior Member
edited January 2012 in UC Transfers
So last year I was one of the paranoid seniors waiting on my laptop for FAFSA to open -- oh yeah, and the new year. They say financial aid is first come first serve, so who'll be waiting for the ball to drop so they can fill out their FAFSA instead of having their New Year's Kiss?

Anyone get great FA after filling the FAFSA out so early (to those who applied to UCs/CSUs as HS seniors)? I know I didn't last year. Does filling out the application so early really give you the best FA? Or, will your FA mostly count on your/your parent's income?
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Replies to: Who's filling out the FAFSA at the stroke of midnight Jan 1 2012?

  • lawlkinglawlking Posts: 1,405Registered User Senior Member
    iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiia mmmmmmmm
  • Ferrari4XDFerrari4XD Posts: 912Registered User Member
    too early.
  • Ryan2136Ryan2136 Posts: 396- Member
    I usually do mine in feb.
  • lawlkinglawlking Posts: 1,405Registered User Senior Member
    Yes, FAFSA does things on a first come first server basis. The earlier you do it, the more money you get.
  • HsandovaljrHsandovaljr Posts: 72Registered User Junior Member
    Pacific timezone?
  • ayymeerayymeer Posts: 252Registered User Junior Member
    ^ People in the west coast have it bad if FA packages are really determined by time. I find it very unfair also.
  • Ferrari4XDFerrari4XD Posts: 912Registered User Member
    :( I will stick with my procrastinates life style. March 1 yoyoyoyo :)
    beat that.,!!
  • asphyxiacasphyxiac Posts: 610Registered User Member
    What? Spending NYE on my laptop? Absurd. I'm going to be out drinking champagne and frivolously celebrating like everyone else.
  • UCkittychenUCkittychen Posts: 2,175Registered User Senior Member
    count me in! UP ALL NIGHT CLUB!
  • Ferrari4XDFerrari4XD Posts: 912Registered User Member
    @^ justin beeeber fans
  • iMunsteriMunster Posts: 256Registered User Junior Member
    This is the first time that I heard fafsa was determined on a first come first serve basis. Is this really true? Any source?
  • Ryan2136Ryan2136 Posts: 396- Member
    It's being highly exaggerated. People have until June to turn them in. People that turn them in after that, have a lesser chance of getting the full amount they would normally qualify for.
  • LAladyyLAladyy Posts: 226Registered User Junior Member
    I filled mine out late my first year at CC. I still got the full amount I just received my check much later than I would have. As far as I know, one's financial need matters much more than when they submit. Curious to see actual documentation on this topic though. Also, most people don't even receive their W-2 forms until the end of January or February so how can you fill out your fafsa on the 1st?
  • ayymeerayymeer Posts: 252Registered User Junior Member
    @Ryan2136 Actually, you should file your FAFSA by March 2. "For academic year 2012-13, the priority deadline for filing a FAFSA is March 2, 2012." - UC Berkeley Financial Aid and Scholarships Office: Graduates Apply for Aid You should have your FAFSA filed by then ESPECIALLY if you want a CAL grant. Speaking of the CAL grant, anyone know if we need to reapply/send our college transcripts to them?

    @LAladyy Estimate now, and then update it later.
  • Ryan2136Ryan2136 Posts: 396- Member
    Federal Deadline
    Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2013.
    Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 23, 2013.
    State Deadline
    California - For initial awards - March 2, 2012. Applicants encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.
    For additional community college awards - September 2, 2012 - date postmarked. Applicants encouraged to keep a record of their submission by printing out their online FAFSA confirmation page or obtaining proof of mailing the FAFSA. Additional form may be required. Contact your financial aid administrator or your state agency.


    But yeah, i guess you're right. Not sure what the whole june 30 2013 due date is for..2013? lol.
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