MOSELLE, Miss. (WDAM) – Applying for college financial aid is not a quick process.
Lamar County School District Councilor Supervisor Julie Clinton said she helps parents and students complete the Free Federal Student Aid Application, or FAFSA, each year.
âIt’s a long and overwhelming process, but it’s the only way for our students to receive federal, state, and sometimes even private scholarships,â Clinton said.
The basics of the application are the same, but a policy change from the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid could add additional work.
“This change only affects the authority to request supporting documents for students who fall into a very specific category of students who have provided information about the FAFSA or MAPP that does not match,” said Jennifer Rogers, director of student financial aid for Mississippi. Institutions of higher education.
Rogers said that if an applicant claims to live in a house with one parent on the FAFSA and then put two parents on the MAAPP application, they will report the change and ask for proof.
Rogers added some tips for avoiding red flags when it comes to household and financial changes when filing for both FAFSA and MAPP.
âDo both applications at the same time. While the FAFSA can take a while, the MAAPP is easy. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete, âsaid Rogers.
This is because Rogers said you can bind and transfer your FAFSA data to the MAAPP app, which will help remove those flags.
âSo families shouldn’t be afraid of this. As with any application you make, the FAFSA the MAPP, be honest, âRogers said.
If you have further questions about government financial assistance, visit Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid.
Finally, the amended policy for the student financial aid office takes place on October 1.
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