2012-2013 Pell Grant FAFSA Application
Students must complete the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, for each school year. Students have the option to complete the FAFSA either online or their traditional application paperwork. Students that complete their application online are able to save their work and complete later. Students that complete a paper FAFSA application can mail their forms through the US mail service. It is recommended that any student submitting their application through regular mail should receive a return receipt indicating that the Department of Education has received your application.
Students are able to complete and submit their 2012-2013 application starting January 1. The Department of Education made several improvements to the application system, which should improve the ease of use for many students and parents. Below are a few improvements that took place for the 2012-2013 FAFSA.
FAFSA on the Web has been redesigned to help applicants better navigate throughout the application process. Applicants previously had to choose where in the process to start or resume. Now, the application system is smart enough to know where the applicant left off in filling out the application.
Editing information on the FAFSA is now easier and more user-intuitive. Previously, students were directed to pages where they could edit their information that looked and felt different from the FAFSA on the Web pages. Now, students will be more familiar with the layout of these correctional pages, providing a better editing experience.
Lastly, the system is now able to use skip logic, which takes answers that you’ve provided and eliminates all unnecessary proceeding questions so as not to create more work for you. The Department of Education began implementing this technology a few years ago, and has been introducing it more and more each year.
The Department of Education encourages students to submit their application online, since students receive instant confirmation that the application has been received and there is less paperwork for the Department of Education to review. Students must have a FAFSA PIN in order to complete the and submit the application. The FAFSA PIN is the electronic signature of the student/parent and must be used in order to have a successful FAFSA submission.
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