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The FAFSA form is long. There's no sugar coating it. It's complicated and boring. You probably won't know half of the information it's asking for. Unlike your college applications that you thought were so boring, on this form you don't even get to talk about your most fulfilling extracurricular activity, a risk you have taken or a topic that smart people would disagree on. (That's a little preview of my college application questions. And I must say they were absolutely riveting!) On the FAFSA form, you get to talk about money and legal information. Woo hoo! Get ready. And to do that I would suggest having a parent next to you while you do this, or maybe even have them in the commanding chair with control of the computer mouse. (Oh! By the way you can submit your FAFSA by paper, but I would highly recommend using a computer because you will get your results back faster.) I'm planning on being there for pure moral support because I don't even know what the word "assets" means, let alone be able to provide a list of my family's. Just kidding I do know what that means, but I still can't provide a list of them. Now a little convincing…
So I bet some of you are looking at your computer screen and thinking, "It sounds like FAFSA is need-based financial aid. I don't think I would qualify for any." Well, for those kids who live in mansions, and everyone else who doesn't, you should definitely still apply. It's completely free, so it won't hurt to do it. Plus, you never know what you will qualify for if you don't apply. Essentially, you could be throwing away free money! Who does that?! Alright Oprah may, but she isn't about to go to expensive university A, B, or C. Not to mention, there is $246 billion available for the kids of these United States in financial aid, according to the FAFSA web site. I don't know about you, but I want to get a little slice of that. So apply! And do it quickly because, just like cake, it's first come first serve! And who doesn't love cake?