Paying for College

Faster FAFSAs

As the parent of two former college students, I recall my FAFSA days (or should I say “daze"?) with not-so-fond emotions. Filling out financial aid forms was a form of procrastinated drudgery that I don't think about with nostalgia.

Both of my children went to private colleges. That resulted in the Terrible Trio, as I called them: FAFSA, CSS Profile, and the colleges' own financial aid forms. These three onerous paperwork mountains stood peak-to-peak with my IRS 1040 every first quarter of the year. Knowing what shortly awaited me, took the edge off those eight New Year's Eve celebrations during my kids' college careers.

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