college consultant, college applications, common app, college advice, independent educational advisorFor any college applicant hoping to get any kind of financial aid including merit aid now is the time to complete the FAFSA form.   Time is of the essence especially in Illinois and eight other states because financial aid is given out on a “first-come, first-served” basis.   Since state funds run out quickly, the FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible.  You can file the FAFSA form now even if you do not have this year’s taxes completed.  To do so, you complete the form based on your 2013 tax returns.   You can then simply update the FAFSA when you finish your taxes.

For more information on the FAFSA and specifically on ways to maximize your chances of receiving financial aid from FAFSA, read this great article, 7 Legal Ways to Squeeze More College Aid From The FAFSA.
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