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5 Tips for Applying for Financial Aid

Get Started Early

All types of financial aid have deadlines, and you'll be frustrated with yourself if you have to delay your education because you didn't file on time. The deadline for electronically filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the launching pad of financial aid, is usually June 30 for the academic year that starts in the fall, but deadlines for state financial aid are usually in the spring [source: Free Application for Federal Student Aid]. If you're going to miss out on money for college, it shouldn't be because you decided to hang out at the mall that day and missed the deadline.