3. Confirm Your Financial Aid Deadlines

In recent years, the FAFSA has begun accepting forms beginning October 1 — but that date is far from the only one that matters in your quest for financial aid. Different schools have different deadlines for your financial aid application, and if you're applying for aid from your state, you have another set of deadlines to track. Make a chart of all your deadlines and the paperwork requirements for each financial source to which you're applying.


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