FAFSA offers free money for students

The government wants to give you free money. Well, in most cases they do.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is designed to help relieve the financial burden of college expenses people face and nearly every college attendee can apply for it.

There are some stipulations to qualify for the aid. Among other requirements are: demonstrating financial need, being a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and enrollment or accepted enrollment as a student in an eligible degree or certificate program.

But don’t sweat the details.

The Department of Education website states that financial aid is not determined solely on income, and factors such as GPA and age are not considered at all.

As a matter of fact, the government offers about $125 billion in financial aid yearly.

But the amount of aid available isn’t limitless. According to the website, http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa, some federal student aid programs are available on a first come-first serve basis, so it pays to fill out the FAFSA early.

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So don’t wait or let self-doubt stop you from applying for financial aid.

Applications began being accepted at the beginning of the year and will continue to be accepted for the 2013-2014 school year until June 30, 2014 at midnight.

For more information about the FAFSA, visit http:// www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm or visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the University Mall at 3901 Old Seward Highway.