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Posted at 6:20 PM ET, 02/23/2011

FAFSA frustrations? Financial aid expert online Thursday to answer questions

By Jenna Johnson

CampusOverload.jpgFinancial aid deadlines vary college to college, but many require students to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this month or next -- and, unfortunately, that means extra stress for many parents and students.

Just how frustrating is the annual experience? This week I filtered through Twitter to read anything related to the FAFSA, including this tweet Wednesday afternoon: "Just finished my FAFSA; would rather blind myself with a spork than do that again."

I am sure the tweeter is just being dramatic (oh, let's hope), but she has a point. Filing federal paperwork of any sort can be frustrating -- and I am sure you have questions about the process, so that's what we will discuss on this week's Campus Overload Live.

Starting at 1 p.m/ Thursday, I will be online to answer questions with Mark Kantrowitz, a leading financial aid expert and the publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.org. Mark has written three books about financial aid, including "Secrets to Winning a Scholarship." Please send us your questions now!

And, after the jump, you can read a bunch more FAFSA-related tweets that caught my eye.

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By Jenna Johnson  | February 23, 2011; 6:20 PM ET
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Comments

OK the FAFSA does ask really interesting questions that sometimes do not make sense to you. Read the directions; click on the supplemental directions and clarifications on the web site; ask your HS Counselor; ask the college financial aid officer - we are all there to help you meet the deadline. We may not know the answer but we do know who to ask when we don't and not rely on tales from yester-year. This year's FAFSA is so much easier to complete than last years. FAFSA is a requirement for financial aid of all types of aid - it is a right of passage.
Breather in; breather out; repeat. It will all get better when you sit and talk with the financial aid adivsor a your school of choice. you will know where you stand and you can offer any extenuating circumstances that could affect your offer.
GOOD Luck!

Posted by: joneseagle | February 23, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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