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.
Find out the purpose of filing a FAFSA and the significance of the numbers it calculates
Learn what NOT to do, and some of the problems people run into.
Learn what the major mistakes 1-2 are, and avoid making them.
Learn what the major mistakes 3-4 are, and avoid making them.
Learn what the major mistakes 5-7 are, and avoid making them.
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.
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!