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Helpful Hints for Applying

  1. Be sure to complete all required forms by the deadlines.
  2. Complete all questions accurately; plan to meet early deadlines, if applicable.
  3. Don't wait until you are admitted to file the FAFSA.
  4. Keep a copy of all documents for your records.
  5. Use your full legal name -- no nicknames -- on all applications.
  6. The name on your application must match the name on your social security card.

Josh Stacey, a student at Kansas State University, took out all the subsidized loans he could and his parents took out a PLUS loan so that he could afford to attend his college in Salina, Kansas.

Stacey recommends applying early and making sure that all necessary forms are filled out. His aid was delayed for half a semester because he hadn't filled out a form stating that he was a dependent of his parents.

"I didn't turn that in because I didn't know I needed to," he says.


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OCAP believes that financial literacy and understanding the financial aid process are critical aspects of college planning and student success. OCAP staff who work with students, parents, educators and community partners in the areas of personal finance education, state and federal financial aid, and student loan management do not provide financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice. This website and all information provided is for general educational purposes only, and is not intended to be construed as financial, investment, legal, and/or tax advice.