By Sallie Traxler
Go to the source
The social media world is abuzz with questions! So consider this, rather than posting questions to REDDIT, Facebook, or a myriad of other places, and hoping for the best – go to the source.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened October 1 for the 2018-19 academic year, causing panic in the masses. Well not really panic, but certainly hair raising frustration and lots of questions, especially for first timers.
GOOD TO KNOW
FAFSA Hours of Operation
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–11 p.m. Eastern time (ET)
Saturday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern time (ET)
Closed federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving and on December 24th
Open New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, and Washington’s Birthday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.
Already a student?
If you have questions about FAFSA, the FAFSA is the best source. If your questions are about institutional support, the best source is your schools financial aid office. This advice holds true for transfer students as well, although we would suggest talking to both your current institution as well as your new institution. Many schools have chat functions available so you can get answers quickly.
Your financial aid for the current year is attached to the school you are currently attending.
Need more help?
No problem! Tell us what assistance you need and we will match you with an adviser. It’s as simple as that. School counselors are also a great resource and many schools offer in person assistance for families. Check with your local library and community center for programs, usually run by knowledgeable volunteers.