Ed. Note: Cathy Simoneaux is the Director of the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at Loyola University New Orleans
To celebrate Financial Aid Awareness Month, I hosted @FAFSA’s February #AskFAFSA Office Hours last night. Many students took advantage of the extra day they got this leap year by asking questions about the financial aid process and participating in the discussion with @FAFSA and @loynofinaid live on Twitter.
February is one of the busiest times in financial aid offices across the country, because many school and state FAFSA deadlines occur in February and March. February is also one of the most popular times to complete school financial aid applications (which include the FAFSA), so as you can imagine, I had no shortage of questions to answer.
There are many state deadlines approaching. In fact, if you live in Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Oklahoma or Rhode Island, your deadline is today (and you’re tomorrow, California). It is important to be mindful of both your state AND school financial aid deadlines. Find out which deadline is earlier and complete your FAFSA before that date. But remember, some aid is first-come, first-served, so it’s best to complete your FAFSA today at www.fafsa.gov.
@FAFSA when do we have to have it in?
— Esmie Mendoza (@EsMurrAllDah) February 29, 2012
Who Gets Aid
@FAFSA Is any aid for a student going for a second bachelor's?
— Susan Hernandez (@Doggielover26) February 29, 2012
@FAFSA @loynofinaid My question is, since tax return info is needed on fafsa, do I need to file returns by 3/2 deadline also?
— Dolores (@Tia_Loly19) February 29, 2012
IRS Data Retrieval
#AskFAFSA I have my parents' latest tax return in hand, but filed the FAFSA with estimates from last year's tax return. What do I do now?
— Blair White (@blairgwhite) February 29, 2012
Thank you for participating! I had a lot of fun answering your questions on Twitter.
Now that all your questions are answered, it’s time to finish up those financial aid applications. Check with your school’s financial aid office to find out when their financial aid deadline is. If you have any questions about the financial aid process, find out how your financial aid administrator can help you.
If you’re ever in New Orleans, be sure to stop by and say hello!