Learn How to Avoid the 7 Biggest FAFSA Mistakes
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Learn How to Avoid the 7 Biggest FAFSA Mistakes

Don't become a statistic by making costly mistakes! Learn from experts, who have secured millions for their clients.
3.8 (12 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,907 students enrolled
Last updated 3/2015
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand Who Should and Should Not File a FAFSA
  • Know the 7 Biggest Mistakes and over 10 other common mistakes
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Requirements
  • Know that You Need Financial Aid to Attend College
Description

The FAFSA is the primary application for federal, state and institutional aid, yet most people have no idea what the implications of making mistakes on it are. While the FAFSA is simple on the surface, most families have no idea that they made any mistakes, and 40% of students who enter a 4 year college end up dropping out, siting financial reasons.

Don't make these common and very costly errors, leaving thousands of dollars on the table.

This short series of five (5) videos will alert you to the most expensive mistakes that most people make and how to avoid them, securing your financial aid.



Who is the target audience?
  • Parents of High School Students
  • Parents of College Students Who Don't Know Why They Got No Free Money
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 5 Lectures Collapse All 5 Lectures 36:49
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Video-Before you File the FAFSA, Know This Crucial Number
5 Lectures 36:49

Find out the purpose of filing a FAFSA and the significance of the numbers it calculates

Introduction to EFC
07:35

Learn what NOT to do, and some of the problems people run into.

Myths and Rumors Abound
11:33

Learn what the major mistakes 1-2 are, and avoid making them.

Claiming the Wrong Assets and Income
02:54

Learn what the major mistakes 3-4 are, and avoid making them.

Divorce Situations and Not Knowing the Process
03:13

Learn what the major mistakes 5-7 are, and avoid making them.

What about Real Estate, Business, and Deadlines?
11:34

Once you are aware of the mistakes, be sure to find out how to file your FAFSA on time and accurately. Take this quiz to make sure you don't fall for the common pitfalls.

FAFSA Quiz
3 questions
About the Instructor
Tom and Lawrene Bottorf
3.8 Average rating
12 Reviews
1,907 Students
2 Courses
Admissions and Financial Aid Expert

Tom and Lawrene Bottorf have been college admissions and financial aid counselors for nearly 12 years, and are considered experts in the field. Tom was an electrical engineer (graduated from Penn State) for 30 years, and was looking for a different direction. He worked for a financial planner for a while, and noticed the need for accurate information, not rumors from other parents.

Lawrene was a small business owner for many years, in addition to teaching for several years in the local high school. Coming from the perspective of being a single parent for a long time, yet having graduate degrees in college, I understand the desire to educate your children. I also am empathetic to the plight of being able to pay for college, save for retirement, and just make ends meet.

I am passionate about turning this culture of "Debt is Normal" around, and watching families break free of the chains of debt that enslave them. We founded GetCollegeFunding in 2005 out of a growing concern for families who were burying themselves in debt. We realized this was happening because there was no relevant information easily accessible.

We now speak to thousands in high schools, and serve hundreds of paying clients per year...and need to take our message out to the masses. People need help paying for college!