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• It will be more accurate, since the Web form has built-in edit checks to catch simple errors and you avoid errors introduced by the OCR process.
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• Submitting the form online allows you to list up to ten colleges, while the paper version has space only for four colleges. Most families complete the FAFSA online these days. It's getting easier to file every year! Now, you can even file for free federal financial aid from your mobile device. Paper versions are no longer bulk-distributed to high schools, colleges and libraries, with a few exceptions. (The exceptions involve organizations that work with underrepresented populations and students that do not have access to the Internet or a phone.) However, students may obtain up to three copies of the paper version by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3242) or 1-391-337-5665. (Hearing impaired individuals should call the TTY number 1-800-730-8913.) Paper forms can be ordered starting November 1 of each year. Note that Free Application for Federal Student Aid form may not be submitted before October 1, even if the paper and PDF versions are available sooner. EFC Calculators FinAid's Financial Aid Estimation Form may be used to calculate your EFC and an estimate of your eligibility for financial aid. This may help you understand a bit about how the federal need analysis system works. You can also run "what-if" experiments to see how much aid you'll get under various scenarios. FinAid also has a QuickEFC calculator that uses much fewer questions to yield a ballpark estimate of your EFC. Like FinAid's EFC calculator, the US Department of Education's FAFSA4CASTER tool also provides an early estimate of financial aid eligiblity. It is similar to FAFSA on the Web, but omits a handful of questions (e.g., drug conviction, selective service, parent education level, list of colleges, signatures). The FinAid tool provides more detailed analysis and more detailed aid eligibility information, but FAFSA4CASTER will potentially be linked with FAFSA on the Web for prefilling the answers to some of the FAFSA questions. This article originally appeared on FinAid.org.