Before you fill out the official FAFSA form to send in to find out how much financial aid you will be eligible to receive, it is important to make sure you know what will be asked of you.  There is a lot of financial information that you will have to provide, as well as personal information, like your Social Security number and driver’s license number.  Filling out a practice FAFSA online will help get you familiar with the document, so you can be sure you have everything prepared when you fill out the real thing.The US Department of Education has provided people with this practice FAFSA.  You can plug anything you want into the form, any numbers at all, and it will calculate a rough estimate of what your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) will come out to based on your responses.  This will give you an idea of what to expect with your results from the actual FAFSA, as well as letting you know if you need to make some financial adjustments before filling out the real form in order to lower your EFC, thus obtaining more financial aid.It’s important to remember that filling out the FAFSA correctly is extremely important in the amount of financial aid you receive.  Taking a practice FAFSA will ensure that you know what will be expected from you in the actual document, and allow you to get together all of the information that is required, helping you be confident and more than ready to send in the FAFSA.

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