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There’s a reason the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has “Free” in its title – you shouldn’t have to pay money to get money! When completing the FAFSA, be sure to go to fafsa.ed.gov and avoid any websites containing “fafsa” and ending in “.com” in its URL.

For information on how to avoid financial aid and scholarship scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission online at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0082-scholarship-and-financial-aid-scams.

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Video About Federal Aid

Video About Federal Aid

See why students are going to college and how federal student aid can help.

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Tuition assistance for college students took the national spotlight this week during the State of the Union address when President Obama called on Congress to make permanent the American Opportunity Tax Credit. The President said that permanently extending the college tuition tax credit, which is currently worth $10,000 for four years of higher education, is “the right thing to do.” 

After proposing a five-year freeze in discretionary spending on nondefense programs during his address, President Obama went on to say that he would spare education and research from the freeze and spending cuts.

“Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine,” he said. “It may feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you’ll feel the impact.”

For more information about the 2011 State of the Union address, visit the White House web site.

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We recently received a comment from a student wondering why it was important to fill out the FAFSA and were pleased to find a five minute video on the FinAid website to help us explain. Created by FastWeb, the video is a great introduction to FAFSA and explains its importance in a quick and entertaining way.
 

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When exploring financial aid options to help pay for college, one of the first steps for most students and parents is to fill out the FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The majority of FAFSA forms are filled out online, though students and parents can still request a paper version from their school counselor. 

One important thing to remember when using the online form: The official FAFSA is www.FAFSA.ed.gov. It is not a .com Web site. If you go to a .com site, you will probably be asked to pay to submit the FAFSA, and that’s no fun. The first F in FAFSA stands for “Free,” after all.

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