Video: FAFSA Q-and-A

Three financial aid experts answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is one of the most important steps a student can take to pay for college.

While the Department of Education has streamlined the FAFSA over the years, many students and parents still have questions about when to fill out the form, what information to include and how to account for circumstances such as divorce, same-sex parents or foster care.

To help college-bound families, U.S. News gathered a panel of experts – including Susan Teerink, director of financial aid at Marquette University in Wisconsin; Joe Bagnoli, vice president for admission at Grinnell College in Iowa and Kristine Bureau, assistant director of compliance in the financial aid office at Regis University in Colorado – to answer your questions about the FAFSA.

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