Video: Avoid These Common FAFSA Mistakes

Simple errors can delay students’ financial aid applications, so plan ahead and double-check your work.

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Millions of students submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid every year. Many of these applicants also miss out on money because of simple mistakes on their FAFSA.

Rushing through the form, failing to read instructions and entering incorrect information can cost students thousands in federal and state financial aid, but errors can be easily avoided if students and families know what to expect.

[Watch our FAFSA Q-and-A.]

U.S. News talked about common FAFSA mistakes and how students can avoid them with Frank Green, president of the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and Liz Tuma, director of scholarship management services at Scholarship America. Scholarship America writes The Scholarship Coach blog for U.S. News.

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