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Can I apply for the FAFSA before I apply for colleges?

Cheshire CatCheshire Cat Registered User Posts: 351 Member
I am planning on transferring to a university in the spring of 2011. But I'm a little bit confused on the deadline(apparently it's from june 1st 2010 to july 31st 2011).
I'm not going to start applying to the universities until early september, so can I apply for FAFSA before I apply to universities?
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Replies to: Can I apply for the FAFSA before I apply for colleges?

  • CIACIA Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    You can't apply for the FAFSA until Jan. 1. Most college apps are due then.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,684 Senior Member
    Are you wanting to apply to get an idea of what your EFC will be? If so, use an EFC Calculator.

    FinAid | Calculators | Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Financial Aid

    Do both the federal method and institutional. Many privates use the both methods. If there is a non-custodial parent, then their income (and step-parent incomes) might also be included at some schools.

    BTW...an EFC is not the most you/your family will be expected to pay. Most schools do not meet need. Most schools "gap". So, even if a school costs - say - $28k per year for tuition, room, board and books, and your EFC is - say - $8000, that doesn't mean that you'll get $20k in aid.
  • alamemomalamemom Registered User Posts: 6,384 Senior Member
    Yes, you can fill out your 2010-2011 FAFSA now, and that is the appropriate FAFSA for the Spring 2011 semester. You can list the universities to which you plan to apply in September and if you decide to apply to additional schools you can add them later.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,684 Senior Member
    Good catch....I didn't see the "spring" 2011.

    Yes, you can do FAFSA now.
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