|POCS Reality:||FAFSA help was available on a Department of Education twitter chat.|
Financial aid met social media yesterday as applicants entered their tweet questions in 140 characters or less using #AskFAFSA.
Martha Kanter, the Under Secretary of Education, hosted an hour-long twitter chat about the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and tweeted the answers.
Here are some of her tweet highlights:
- There’s NO income cut-off for federal student aid. Everyone should fill out the FAFSA.
- You can submit a FAFSA before you file your taxes. Select “will file” then use income estimates & correct your FAFSA later.
- To access your SAR (Student Aid Report) after submitting your FAFSA, login, click View Processed Information & enter your PIN. More details.
- For information about your state’s financial aid program, check your state’s website
- In order to receive federal student aid you must be a US citizen or eligible noncitizen. But you should check with your school’s #financialaid office. They can help you explore your options. But you should check with your school’s #financialaid office. They can help you explore your options.
- If the student answers no to all questions here she’s a dependent student & must provide parent info.
- Students should file FAFSA every year they want aid because you never know how your circumstances might change or what new financial aid might become available.
- Federal Pell Grant eligibility is based on many things: income, cost of attendance @ your school & more.
- The FAFSA is available in Spanish.
- Grandparents are not considered parents on the FAFSA unless they have legally adopted you.
- The IRS data retrieval will be available Feb. 1. Change “will file” to “already completed” in your FAFSA.
- Your answer to the marital status question should reflect your marital status at the time you sign the FAFSA.
- Federal student aid can be used to cover summer tuition if you have remaining eligibility for the academic year.
- If you have questions along the way, the FAFSA’s Help section has a lot of great info.
The twitter chat also gave Under Sec. of Ed. Kanter ideas for future consideration such as creating a FAFSA video tutorial in Spanish and adding a FAQ section for the IRS Data Retireval tool.
It also provided an opportunity to give info about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
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POCSmom’s College Prep DIY Insight: Who said social media is impersonal? What a wonderful opportunity to get info directly from Under Sec. of Ed. Kanter. Too bad not all questions were answered but lucky tweeps got their FAFSA help on Twitter.