While the Free application for federal student aid (FAFSA®) is the student app we know parents often play an important role in the process. After all, students considered dependent must provide parental information on the FAFSA form anyway and must be signed by a parent. While we recommend that the student start their own FAFSA form, we know this is not always what happens. With that in mind, we wanted to provide instructions for parents who are starting the FAFSA form on behalf of their child so that you can avoid having problems filling out the form.
If you are a parent filling out the FAFSA form for your child, follow these 8 steps:
1. Create an account (FSA ID)
A FSA ID is a username and password that you use on Federal Student Aid websites such as fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov. If your child is considered a dependent student, two unique FSA identifiers are required to complete the FAFSA form online:
- Parent's FSA ID
- Student FSA ID
We recommend that you and your child register for FSA IDs in advance, so that you do not experience delays later in the process.
IMPORTANT: your child must create their own FSA ID. You cannot create an FSA ID for your child. Additionally, when registering, you will be asked to provide an email address and mobile phone number. This is optional but highly recommended. These two elements must be unique to each account. In other words, your email address and mobile phone number cannot be associated with more than one FSA ID.
You and your child must create your FSA IDs now at StudentAid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch.
Your FSA ID serves as a legal electronic signature throughout the federal student aid process. Do not share your FSA ID with anyone, not even your child. Your child should also not share their FSA ID with you. Keep your FSA credentials in a safe place. You will need it to renew your FAFSA form each year and to access federal student aid information online.
2. Start the FAFSA® form on fafsa.gov
- Go to fafsa.gov and click "Start here" under "New to FAFSA.gov?" title.
- Once on the login page, you will see two options. If you are starting the FAFSA form on behalf of your child, choose the option to the right, "I am a parent, preparer, or student of a freely associated state."
- Enter your child's name, social security number and date of birth. Then click on next.
- Choose the FAFSA form you wish to complete.
FAFSA Form 2020-2021if your child will be attending university between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
FAFSA Form 2021–22 if your child will be attending university between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
- Both:If your child is going to college during both periods and has not yet completed the FAFSA 2020-2021 form, complete it first, wait for it to be treated (one to three days), then come back and complete the FAFSA 2021-2022 form. form after.
- Have you had the opportunity to submit a FAFSA® renewal?
If your child is present, you must choose this option. If you do, much of the required demographic information will be pre-populated. Your child must be present as they will need to enter their FSA ID to continue. If your child is not present, you must select “Start NEW FAFSA”.
- Choose the FAFSA form you wish to complete.
- Create a backup key. A backup key is a temporary password that allows you and your child to "pass" the FAFSA form back and forth. It also allows you to save your child's FAFSA form and come back to it later. Once you've created a backup key, share it with your child. He will need it to perform the subsequent steps.
- The FAFSA® form is the student's application, not yours.
When the FAFSA form says "you" or "your," it refers to the student (unless otherwise specified).
- Avoid simultaneous connections.
Your child should not complete their FAFSA online at the same time as you. Your progress may be lost if they click "Save" elsewhere in the app.
- If you need help:
Click on the blue question mark symbol at the corner of each question.
3. Complete the Student Demographics section
After the introductory page, you will enter basic demographic information about your child, such as name, date of birth, etc. If you chose the FAFSA renewal option in step two, much of their personal information will be pre-populated to save you time. Make sure you enter your child's personal information exactly as it appears on their social security card so you won't run into any mistakes. (That's right, no nicknames.)
4. List the schools to which you wish to send your FAFSA® information.
In the Select Schools section, you will add all the schools for which you want to receive your child's information. It is important that you add any schools your child is considering, even if they haven't applied or been accepted yet. It doesn't hurt to add more schools; colleges cannot see other schools that have been added. In fact, you don't even have to cut schools if your child later decides not to apply or attend. If your child does not apply or is not accepted into a school, the school may simply ignore their FAFSA form. You can delete schools at any time to make room for new schools. You can add up to 10 schools at a time. If your child is applying to more than 10 schools, here is what you need to do.
5. Answer the questions about the state of addiction
In this section, you will be asked a series of specific questions. determine whether or not your child should provide your (parental) information on the FAFSA form.
- These dependency guidelines are set by Congress and are different from those used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
- Even if your child does not live with you, supports himself or herself, and files taxes separately from you, he or she may still be considered a dependent student for federal student assistance purposes.
- If it is determined that your child is a dependent student, he or she will need to report information about you. If your child is determined to be a independent student, you can skip the questions on providing information to parents (unless the school indicates otherwise).
6. Complete the Parent Demographics section
This is where you will provide your own demographic information. Are you divorced? Remarried? Below is a guide to determining what parental information should be included on your child's FAFSA form. For specific advice, see our "Report Parent Information" page.
7. Provide your financial information
This step is incredibly simple if you are using the IRS Data Recovery Tool (DRT). The IRS DRT allows you to import your IRS tax information into the FAFSA form with just a few clicks. Using this tool can also reduce the amount of paperwork you need to provide at your child's school. So if you are eligible, use it!
To access the tool, indicate that you have "already completed" the taxes on the parents' finances page. If you are eligible, you will see an “Associate with IRS” option.
Next, you will likely be asked to provide your child's financial information.
- If your child has filed taxes, the easiest way to complete this section is to use the IRS DRT. Your child would need to be present because he or she needs to provide their FSA ID to use the tool. If your child is not present, save and exit the app and have your child sign in with their FSA ID, retrieve the FAFSA form using the backup key, and then use the IRS DRT to complete and sign the FAFSA form.
- If your child has not filed a tax return, you can enter their financial information manually (if you have access to the required information). If you do not have access to the information, save and exit the application and have your child login with their FSA ID, retrieve the FAFSA form using the backup key, fill out the FAFSA form and sign it. the.
NOTE: If you need to save and exit your child's FAFSA form so that they can complete the remaining information, you will need to log back in and sign your child's FAFSA form before your child can submit it.
8. Sign your child's FAFSA® form
You and your child must sign the FAFSA form. The fastest and easiest way to sign your child's FAFSA form is online with your FSA ID.
If your child is not present, here is what you do:
- First sign your child's FAFSA form with your FSA ID.
- Save and exit the application.
- Have your child log in using their FSA ID and sign the FAFSA form.
Sign and submit tips:
- If you or your child has forgotten your FSA ID, you can retrieve it
- Make sure that you and your child do not confuse your FSA credentials. This is one of the most common mistakes we see, and why it is extremely important for each person to create their own FSA ID and not share it with anyone.
- Make sure the parent who uses their FSA ID to sign the FAFSA form chooses the correct parent number. If you can't remember if you were listed as Parent 1 or Parent 2, you can go back to the Parent Demographics section to verify.
- If you get an error stating that your FSA credentials do not match the information provided on the FAFSA form, here is what you should do. Note: This is often the result of confusing the student's and parent's FSA IDs.
- We recommend that you sign the FAFSA form with an FSA ID, as this is the fastest way to process your child's FAFSA form. However, if you and / or your child are unable to electronically sign the FAFSA form with an FSA ID, you can submit a signature page. From the signing and sending page, select “More options for signing and sending”, then choose “Print signature page”. Just keep in mind that your child's FAFSA form will take longer to process if you go this route.
- If you have multiple children who need to complete the FAFSA form, you can use the same FSA ID to sign the FAFSA forms for all of your children. You can also transfer your information to your other children's apps by choosing the option provided on the FAFSA confirmation page.
Congratulations, you are done!
Your child is about to get money for college. With the hardest, find out what your child should do next after submitting the FAFSA form.
While we all may follow our own unique pursuits in a lifetime, the quest for purpose through self-improvement and knowledge is among the great unifiers of humankind. Progressive thinking is the backbone of society’s progress. Great visionaries and their quests for knowledge have inspired the majority of the modern marvels we rely on today. While the process of seeking purpose in your life may not seem as universal or consequential as Einstein’s, it is crucial to find how to learn in a way that works for you, which can lead to greater self-awareness and wisdom—not to mention a new emploi, better pay, a new hobby, or simply knowledge for knowledge’s sake—whatever is important to you as an end goal.
While we all mayThis brand of introspection and knowledge is not necessarily acquired through traditional means, and the learning techniques that work best may differ from one person to the next. In fact, some of these tips may surprise you. Imagine all of the ways you may have been perfecting how to learn to find your smartest self for years without even knowing it !
Reduce stress depression : Stress and depression can affect the ability to recall information and cause short-term memory loss. In mild cases, depression can sometimes be improved simply by exposing yourself to more white light and eating fewer refined foods.
Shake a leg : Lack of blood flow is a common reason for lack of concentration. If you’ve been sitting in one place for awhile, bounce or bend and flex one of your legs for a minute or two. It gets your blood flowing and sharpens both concentration and recall abilities.
Food for thought : Eat breakfast. A lot of people skip breakfast, but creativity is often optimal in the early morning and it helps to have some protein in you to ' feed ' your brain. Plus, a lack of protein can actually cause headaches.
Food for thought, part 2 : Eat a light lunch. Heavy lunches have a tendency to make people drowsy. While you could turn this to your advantage by taking a ' thinking nap ' ( we’ll get to that later ), most people haven’t learned how to actually make this work on a regular basis.
Ginkgo biloba : Ginkgo biloba is a natural supplement that has been used in China and other countries for centuries and has been acclaimed for its brain-energizing properties.
Sleep on it : Hitting an REM cycle not only helps you rest and reset, it may also help with high-level problem solving. Researchers at University of California, San Diego noticed that getting some rest and dreaming allowed creative thinkers to work through some of their toughest problems.
Take a break : Sometimes, in order to change your physical or mental perspective and lighten the invisible stress that can sometimes occur when you sit in one place too long, it helps to take a 5-15 minute break every hour during study sessions. Studies show this is more beneficial than non-stop study, as it gives your mind time to relax and absorb information.
Take a hike : Changing your perspective ( and surroundings ) often relieves tension, thus freeing your creative mind. Taking a short walk around the neighborhood may help you liberate those latent learning skills.
Change your focus : Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to take a long break, however you can always just change subject focus. Try alternating between technical and non-technical subjects, for example.
Do walking meditation : If you’re taking a hike, don’t stop there ! Go one step further and learn walking meditation as a way to tap into your inner resources and strengthen your ability to focus. Just make sure to not get so carried away that you disregard safety and traffic rules.
Change your focus, part 2 : There are three primary ways to learn : visual, auditory, and kinesthetic ( VAK ). If one isn’t working for you, simply try another. Full immerse yourself : Focus only on whatever you’re studying, not watching TV at the same time or worrying yourself about other things. Anxiety is known to inhibit the absorption of information and ideas.
Turn out the lights : If meditation isn’t for you, this can be another way to focus your mind. Sit in the dark, to literally and figuratively block out extraneous influences. This is especially helpful for learning something kinesthetically, such as guitar chord changes. Take a bath or shower : We know this one may be a bit surprising, but both activities can loosen you up, making your mind more receptive to recognizing brilliant ideas.
Listen to music : Research has long shown that certain variétés of music can act as a ' key ' to open doors and recall memories. The theory is that Information learned while listening to a particular song or gamme can often be recalled simply by replaying the songs in your head. Speedread : Some people believe that speedreading causes you to miss essentiel information, however the idea is that, when done right, speedreading results in filtering out irrelevant information. If necessary, you can always read and re-read technical subjects that often require slower reading, though some studies show slow reading actually hinders the ability to absorb general ideas. Trying this reading technique online ? Try the free Spreeder application.
Use acronyms and other mnemonic devices : Mnemonics are essentially tricks for remembering information. Some tricks are so effective that proper application will let you recall loads of mundane information months or even years later.
Every picture tells a story : Draw or sketch whatever it is you are trying to achieve to help you visualize it. Having a concrete goal in mind can help you progress towards reaching your goal. Brainmap it : Need to plan something ? Brain maps, or mind maps, offer a compact way to get both an overview of a project as well as better manage it. Through mind mapping, you can see the relationships between disparate ideas and better utilize brainstorming techniques
Learn symbolism and semiotics : Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols. Having an understanding of the iconography of a particular discipline not only aids in the learning process, but also allows you to retain information more efficiently. Use information style : When dealing with information that has an inherent structure, applying the tenets of information design can help to convey that information more clearly. A great resource is Information Aesthetics, which gives examples of different variétés of information design and provides links to their sources.
Use visual learning techniques : Try gliffy to explore all kinds of structured diagrams, flow charts, and more and to see what might pique your visual interest. If this works for you, find even more webbing and outlining ideas, plus graphic organizers, concept maps, and plots at Inspiration. com. Map your task flow : Learning often requires gaining knowledge in a specific sequence. Task flow mapping your course of actions, or organizing your thoughts on what needs to be done, is a powerful way to prepare yourself to complete tasks or learn ' how to learn. '
Laugh : This might seem counterproductive to the seriousness of studying, but that’s precisely the point : laughing relaxes the body, and a relaxed body is more receptive to new ideas. Stimulate ideas : It’s important to not overthink this one : play rhyming games, utter nonsense words, use word-association or stream-of-consciousness methods. These techniques can help loosen you up, making you more receptive to learning.
Brainstorm : This is a time-honored technique that combines verbal activity, writing, and collaboration. While one person can brainstorm, it’s more effective in a group. For effective brainstorming, follow these simple rules : firstly, don’t shut anyone’s idea out. Secondly, don’t ' edit ' in progress; just record all ideas first, then dissect them later. Participating in brainstorming can help to assess a topic objectively and thoroughly.
Learn by osmosis : Turn your iPod into an educational tool : find some podcasts that speak to you or are relevant to what you’re learning now, upload them, and sleep on it. Literally. Put your iPod under your pillow and play back your favorites to let them seep in overnight. Binaural beats : Binaural beats involve playing two de très bonne qualité frequencies simultaneously to produce alfa, β, delta, and theta waves, all of which can inspire either sleeping, restfulness, relaxation, meditativeness, alertness, or concentration. Binaural beats are often used in conjunction with other exercises to enhance ' super-learning ' abilities. Check out this free online binaural beat machine to see which tones will work for you.
Write, don’t type : While typing your notes into the computer is great for posterity, writing by hand stimulates ideas. The simple act of holding and using a pen or pencil may seem old-fashioned in this day and age, but just think of all the visionaries it’s worked for throughout the years. Carry a notebook at all times : Samuel Taylor Coleridge dreamed the words of the poem ' In Xanadu ( did Kubla Khan ) â€¦ '. Upon awakening, he wrote down what he could recall, but was distracted by a visitor and promptly forgot the rest of the poem. Forever. Should ideas suddenly come to you through ' walking meditation ' or any other methods on our list, record them immediately or you might regret it.
Keep a journal : This isn’t exactly the same as a notebook. Journaling has to do with tracking experiences over time. By adding in visual details, charts, brainmaps, etc., journaling can be a much more creative way to keep tabs on what you are learning. Organize : Use sticky colored tabs of folder flags to divide a notebook or journal into sections. They are a great way to partition ideas for easy reference. Use post-it notes : Post-it notes can provide a helpful way to record your thoughts about passages in books without defacing them with permanent ink or pencil marks.
Prepare yourself for learning : Positive thinking alone can’t always help us to successfully achieve our goals, which is why it is especially important if you are an adult with many distractions surrounding your daily life to implement ways of reducing these distractions, at least for a few hours at a time. Give yourself credit : Ideas are actually a dime a dozen. If you learn to focus your mind on getting the results you want, you’ll recognize the good ideas, and your mind will become a filter for them, which will motivate you to learn more. Motivate yourself : Why do you seek knowledge ? What do hope to achieve through learning ? Exploring the reasons behind why you want to learn and what motivates you can help keep distractions at-bay. Set a goal : W. Clement Stone once said ' Whatever the mind of guy can conceive, it can achieve. ' This phenomenon in goal achievement dictates that if you prepare yourself by whatever means necessary, any and all hurdles will seem surmountable. Those who have experienced this phenomenon likely understand its validity.
Think positive : After all, what’s the point in setting learning goals for yourself if you don’t have any faith in your own ability to learn ? Every skill is learned : Bodily functions notwithstanding, every skill in life is learned. Generally speaking, you can learn something new just as easily as anyone can. It takes us all a varying amount of effort, but once you’ve set your goal, it’s likely as achievable as it is believable. Prepare yourself, part 2 : Unfortunately, not everyone in your life will be a well-wisher of your self-improvement and learning partouze. They may intentionally or subconsciously distract you from your goal. If you have classes to attend after work, make sure that work colleagues know that you are unable to work late, for example. Diplomacy works best, if you think your boss is intentionally giving you work on the days he/she knows you have to leave. Reschedule such meetings to a later time if possible and/or necessary.
Constrain yourself : Most people fundamentally need structure in their lives. Freedom is sometimes a scary thing—like chaos. But even chaos has order within. By constraining yourself by giving yourself deadlines, limiting your time on any one idea, or focusing the tools you are working with, you can often accomplish even more in less time.
Read as much as you can : This tip is perhaps the most self-explanatory on our list. Use Spreeder if you have to. Pursue a broad range of topics as well as depth of field. Cross-pollinate your interests : Explore interdisciplinary study to your heart’s content. After all, neurons that connect to existing neurons give you new possibilités and abilities to use knowledge in new ways. Learn another language : New perspectives can also give you the ability to cross-pollinate cultural concepts and expand worldly inspiration. Sometimes reading a book in its différent language will provide you with insights that might otherwise be lost in translation. Learn how to learn : Management Help has a resource page especially geared towards online learning, but they’re also a valuable resource for any type of learning. If you’re serious about optimizing your learning vêtements, check out this crash course in learning theory.
Learn what you know and what you don’t : Many people might say, ' I’m dumb, ' or ' I don’t know anything about that. ' The fact is, many people are largely unaware of what they already know about a topic. If you want to learn about something, you need to determine what you already know, figure out what you don’t, and then fill in the gaps. Learn to effectively multi-task : Effective multi-tasking allows you to devote focused yet limited time to accomplish several tasks at once. By effective multitasking, I don’t mean doing two or more things at exactly the same time—It’s not possible. However, multitasking with the right approach and prepping your mind for it are what can make it an effective technique. For example, a successful freelance writer learns to manage several articles at the same time. Research the first topic, and then let the background processes of your mind takeover before you move on consciously to the deuxième topic. While on the second topic, the first one will often become clear to you. Think holistically : Holistic thinking might be the single most ' advanced ' learning technique to help students learn new things. You may have even heard this word used to describe an overall mindset rather than as a solo technique.
Think holistically : Holistic thinking might be the solo most ' advanced ' learning technique to help students learn new things. You may have even heard this word used to describe an overall mindset rather than as a single technique. Use the right type of repetition to your advantage : Complex concepts often require revisiting in order to be fully absorbed. For some people, this can take months or even years. Repetition of concepts and theories, including concrete examples, improves absorption and speeds up the learning process. Apply the Quantum Learning ( QL ) model : The Quantum Learning model is being applied in some etats du nord de l'amérique schools to extend beyond typical education methods to engage students through five core components : foundation, atmosphere, environment, design, and delivery. Get necessary tools : Obviously, there are a variety of tools designed for learning. If you are learning online like the majority of people are these days, then consider online study aids such as Quizlet and StudyBlue, as well as education communities like Edmodo and Schoology, among countless other tools. Learn critical thinking : Critical thinking is a skill that is not only essential to the learning process but will carry you through life. Read Wikipedia’s discourse on critical thinking as a starting point. It involves good analytical skills to aid in one’s ability to learn selectively. Learn complex problem solving : For human beings in general, life is a series of problems to be solved, and learning is just part of the process. Especially If you have a complex problem, you need to learn the art of complex problem solving.
Be engaging : Lectures are often one-sided and thus can be counter-productive. Information merely heard or observed ( from a chalkboard across the room, for instance ) is often forgotten. Teaching is not simply talking. Discussion is more important : ask students questions, present scenarios, and engage them. Use information pyramids : Learning happens in layers. Build a solid base of knowledge upon which you can continue to add advanced concepts. Use film games : Video games get a bad rap because of the many distinctly non-educational violent titles out there nowadays. But some scène games can actually be an effective aid to learning, believe it or not. Role play : Younger people often learn better by being part of an interactive learning experience. For example, history is easier to absorb through reenactments, and can be further enhanced by using costumes, props, or other visual cues. Apply the 80/20 rule : This rule is often interpreted in different ways, but in this case, the 80/20 rule means that some concepts, say about 20% of a curriculum, require more effort and time than roughly 80% of others. So be prepared to carve out time to expand on complex topics.
Tell stories : However you can make a complex concept more relatable by telling a story or using metaphor, take the opportunity. When a story works to help a student understand something they might otherwise see as too boring or complicated, you’ll see understanding sparked in the student’s eyes. Go beyond the public school curriculum : The public school system is still generally lacking in teaching advanced learning and brainstorming methods. It’s not that the methods cannot be taught; they just aren’t. to be afforded these advanced learning methods, you typically have to pay a de haute gamme in additional time, effort, and money. While the standard for public schools and what is available to all students regardless of economic status is still a work-in-progress, you may need to seek supplemental resources such as tutoring or community programs to enhance learning for your kids. Use applied learning : If a high school student were having dysfonctionnement in math, say with fractions, one example of applied learning might be to teach fractions using photography, lenses, or f-stops. Another example is through cooking and measuring ingredients. Tailor the applied learning to the interest of the student and the subject at-hand.
Be engaged : Sometimes students are bored because they know more than is being taught, maybe even more than a teacher. Hopefully teachers will assess what each student already knows prior to that lesson. Students should discuss with a teacher if they feel that the material being covered is not challenging enough, or consider asking for additional materials. Teach yourself : Teachers cannot always change their curricula at their own discretion. If you’re not being challenged, challenge yourself. Some countries still apply country-wide exams for all students. Even if courses from the top online education programs don’t cover a topic you’re interested in, you can learn it on your own. Don’t wait for someone to teach you. Even chic lectures are more effective when you’ve pre-introduced yourself to a concept. Collaborate : If studying by yourself isn’t sérieux, maybe a study group will help. Teach something : One of the best ways to learn something better is to teach it to someone else. The process forces you to learn more yourself when you share your knowledge with another person. Write about it : An effective way to ' teach ' something online is to create a wiki page containing everything you know about a topic. Or even create your own blog about it. Doing so helps you to realize what you know and, more importantly, what you don’t. You can still grab a freebie account on old favorites like WordPress or Blogger.
Learn by experience : Seems pretty obvious, but it simply means to put in the necessary time. An expert is often defined as someone who has given their all and put countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears into a particular experience or endeavor. Are you an professionnel without even realizing it ? If not, do you have the dedication to become one ? Quiz yourself : Testing what you’ve learned will reinforce the information. Flash cards have stood the test of time as one of the best self-test tools for kids and adults alike. Learn the right things—or the basics—first : Case in point : consider the way a baby learns a new language ( hint : it’s not to learn grammar and spelling and sentence constructs first ). An adult or young adult should be no different. Try immersing yourself in the basics instead and see the difference for yourself. Plan your learning : If you have a long-term plan to learn something, then to quote Led Zeppelin, ' There are two paths you can go by '. You can either take a haphazard approach to learning, or you can put in a bit of planning and find the optimum path. Plan your time and balance learning with living your life.
Persist : Don’t give up the pursuit of learning in the face of intimidating tasks. Anything one human being can learn, most others can as well. Take it from Thomas Edison, who said, ' Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration '. Challenge yourself : People are often more compréhensif than they realize. In a world that compares and criticizes everything so publicly, it’s harder and harder to know where we fit in. And unexpected genius can be found in all walks of life. If you suspect you have more potential than you’ve shown to others or yourself, try an IQ test such as the one offered by MENSA. Unlike the standardized IQ contrôles given in many schools, this test helps to comprehensively assess a student’s knowledge and learning ability. And the mere ability to learn is far, far more important than what you already know.
Party before an exam : OK, maybe not a party, but the key is to relax. The worse thing to do is cram the night before an exam. If you don’t already know a subject by then, cramming isn’t going to help. If you have studied, simply review the topic, then go do something pleasant ( not studying ). Doing so tells your brain that you are prepared and that you will be able to recall anything that you have already learned. On the other hand, if you didn’t spend the semester learning the ideas you need, you might as well go party anyway because cramming at the last minute isn’t going to help much at that point.
Don’t worry; learn happy : Have a real passion for learning and want to share your tips and tricks with others ? Join a cooperative learning group to spread the knowledge.