The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened up on October 1 for the 2022-2023 season. For some parents, the term FAFSA is a dreaded word—it's unknown territory. You’ve heard how important it is for your high school senior to apply for this if he or she plans on attending college next fall. FAFSA terms, like FSA ID, Expected Family Contribution, IRS data retrieval tool and more, place you in a foreign world. If you’re a parent with a child currently in college, you know you’ll have to make time to help your student renew their FAFSA. You’ve been there, done that; you’re fully aware of the time and commitment you’re about to make to ensure your child’s college dream becomes a reality. Plus, you don’t want him/her to have to worry about paying off massive student loans after their college graduation. It helps to hear you’re not alone as a parent. We reached out to Laura Hudgens, an Arkansan mother of four and Grown & Flown writer, to get her parental take on the FAFSA process. Hudgens has trekked the college admissions and financial aid application journey a few times. Her children have applied to and attended schools across the United States.For the Hudgens family, the process to get to and pay for higher education is a family affair. While her kids did most of the work from the start of their freshman year of high school, each Hudgens family member has their “jobs” to support the process. Hudgens adds, “As an English teacher, my primary role is proofreading essays. My husband is ‘the FAFSA Guy’ and works with the kids on that.” She’s helped out enough with the FAFSA to “...know the process and to offer her kids moral support, and snacks.”Below are Laura’s helpful tips, and parental insights when it comes to the FAFSA.
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