Join ED for FAFSA Office Hours on Twitter

For those of you who may need help paying for college, a new year means it’s time to complete a new FAFSA.

We understand the financial aid process can often be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never gone through it before.  To help you navigate the process, we are very excited to announce the launch of the @FAFSA Twitter account from Federal Student Aid.

The @FAFSA Twitter account will help support an ongoing conversation around student financial aid, and to kick this off, Martha Kanter, the Under Secretary of Education, will host “FAFSA Office Hours” where she will solicit and answer students’ FAFSA questions live on Twitter using the #askFAFSA hashtag. The event will take place on January 26th at 4:30pm (EST) and will be the first in a monthly series of Q&A sessions that Federal Student Aid will host on Twitter.

Here’s how it works:

    • Follow @FAFSA on Twitter for FAFSA information and financial aid tips.
    • Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter using the hashtag #askFAFSA
    • Follow the Q&A live through the @FAFSA Twitter account
    • Can’t make the live session? A summary of the live chat including the full Q&A will be posted on the blog following the event.

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the form to fill out in order to apply for student grants, work-study, and loans. To receive federal student aid for the 2012-13 school year, you must complete the 2012-13 FAFSA at  Some financial aid is first-come, first-served, so we encourage all potential and returning students to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Remember, four-year colleges and universities aren’t the only schools that accept the FAFSA Community colleges, nursing schools, online schools, and career schools do too. More than 6,000 schools accept FAFSA!

We hope you will find this to be a great resource as you pursue your education, so let us know how we can help. Remember, you can complete the FAFSA online today at

The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid


  1. Why does FAFSA require submission by February of a given year when most people do not have their taxes completed until April? It’s caused me no end of problems.

  2. i have use fafsa to get my college degree . i am all most finish getting my BS in criminal justice. one more year to go, being a older student i have work hard to better one,s self. i called the other day to talk with fafsa , i was told i had a red flag next to my account. i am somewhat over draw. i need to finish school very much. i am going to talk to my college aide deportment about what i should do. i know i will pay back my loans. also i will file for fafsa soon after i get my tax papers in. am i on the right road. am i out of money i can borrow on fafsa to finish college. Thanks

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