Okay, so I've gathered that I need to file my FAFSA as soon as humanly possible (I'm just waiting on my W2 from my last job, which will hopefully be here by the end of the month), but it occurs to me that I might have a problem given my intended enrollment date.
The majority of the programs I'm applying to (elementary/special education) offer a summer start date; some flat-out require it. This is fine with me, but it seems it might not be fine with FAFSA, which considers starting in, say, June 2013, to be part of the 2012-13 school year, for which financial aid has presumably been exhausted at this point. Correct?
The FAFSA FAQs suggested calling programs to discuss for which academic year I should submit, which I intend to do this week, but I'm just wondering if anyone can shed some light on this matter or share any personal experience. Should I be deeply concerned about not being able to pay for my first semester of school? Is there some key piece of information about this that I'm missing?
I was fortunate enough to not have to deal with financial aid as an undergraduate, so this is new and anxiety-producing territory for me. Thanks in advance for any insight!