Schedule time on your calendar.
Achieve your goals through time management. Make it a thing; don’t just pencil-it in.
Work with your parents to find dates that work for both of you. They’re an important component to this financial aid piece. Tax returns and expected family contribution information are part of the financial aid application process.
Do some quick prep work.
Contact the colleges that you plan on applying to. Many colleges host FAFSA workshops. Their financial aid departments want you to complete your FAFSA, as they know you’re likely to earn financial aid to help you pay for attending college there. Seniors, can also ask their high school counselor if they have FAFSA tips or can provide resources, like local FAFSA workshops that are happening in the area.
College students should visit or contact their financial aid office to see if their school is holding FAFSA renewal workshops and to ask what additional information the college may require.
Plan to reward yourself.
Pick a special gift or reward that will help to motivate you. This a clever brain trick, and it works!
Whether that’s buying the latest Xbox game, subscribing to that foodie subscription box you’ve been eyeing, or simply binge watching your favorite TV show, rewarding yourself is a sneaky way to inspire yourself and stay motivated.
Hold yourself accountable.
Share your plans to complete your FAFSA with your high school counselor, friends and parents. Let them know the date you’ve set to submit your FAFSA.
No one likes to disappoint their friends or mentors—sharing your plans is a stealth way to set yourself up for success.
Prepare a pleasant workspace.
Make the place you plan to complete your FAFSA an enjoyable environment. Simple additions to your workspace can fuel your motivation and inspire you to get important tasks, like the FAFSA, done.
Consider playing classical music in the background. Ensure your brain is fueled to conquer; have some snacks or dark chocolate handy for you and your parents/guardians to share.
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