14 FAQs to Share With Your Clients About Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool When Completing the FAFSA

14 FAQs to Share With Your Clients About Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool When Completing the FAFSA

The Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) is available for the 2018‒19 FAFSA® form. Many of you remember the issues from last March that shut things down for your clients and their FAFSA submissions. Additional security and privacy protections have been added to address concerns that data from the tool could be used by identity thieves to file fraudulent tax returns. The IRS DRT will not return for this school year but it is there for next school year. The IRS DRT remains the....

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College

How to Fill Out the FAFSA When You Have More Than One Child in College

Having one child who is heading to college can be stressful, but having to help multiple children at the same time can feel like too much to manage. While I can’t save you from a forgotten application deadline or the “how to do your own laundry” lessons, hopefully, I can help make the financial aid part of the process run more smoothly with these tips: How many FSA IDs will my children and I need? How many FAFSAs do we have to complete? An FSA ID is a username and password combination....

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Simple EFC Calculator to Grab Clients

Simple EFC Calculator to Grab Clients

Well, school is back in session which means that I have a lot of advisors contacting me about helping their clients and prospective clients with EFC calculations in preparation for filling out the FAFSA next month. While our members have access to Answers4College Blueprint software there are still a few CCFS members that do not want to start a full case in the A4C Blueprint and just want to keep it simple. If you are one of those types of guys, then our simple EFC calculator is perfect for the ....

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7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018–19 FAFSA® Form

7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2018–19 FAFSA® Form

If you need financial aid to help you pay for college, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. The 2018–19 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2017. You should fill it out as soon as possible on the official government site, fafsa.gov. It’ll be easier to complete the FAFSA form if you gather what you need ahead of time. Below is what you’ll need to fill it out. 1. Your FSA ID* An FSA ID is a username and password that you can use to log ....

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