Common FAFSA Mistakes
Here are12 common mistakes that applicants make when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application taken from a Department of Education Financial Aid helps page. (Posted by Nicole Callahan September 25, 2017)
Not Completing the FAFSA Form
Not Using the Correct Website
Not Filling Out the FAFSA Form as Soon as It’s Available
Not Filing the FAFSA Form by the Deadline
Not Getting an FSA ID Before Filling Out the FAFSA Form
Not Using Your FSA ID to Start the FAFSA Form
- Enter your (the student’s) FSA ID
- Enter the student’s information
Not Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT)
If you’re eligible to use the IRS DRT, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
- It's the easiest way to provide your tax return information
- It's the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA form has accurate tax information.
- You won't need to provide a copy of your or your parent's tax returns to your college.
Not Reading Definitions Carefully
Inputting Incorrect Information
- Entering information that doesn’t match your FSA ID information
- Amount of your income tax
Not Reporting Required Information
Listing only One College
Not Signing the FAFSA Form
If you’re not able to sign with your FSA ID, there’s an option to print and mail a signature page. If you would like confirmation that your FAFSA form has been submitted, you can check your status immediately after you submit your FAFSA form online.