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FAFSA and enrollment dates 
21st-Jan-2013 11:50 am
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!
21st-Jan-2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
Contact your program, they will be able to tell you what's going on.
21st-Jan-2013 06:33 pm (UTC)
Honestly, you can still file. They'll still be able to offer you the same aid you're going to get offered for 13-14: student loans, unsubsidized federal student loans. Now, you might get lucky and be eligible for a Perkins loan for 13-14 since those *do* run out, but that would depend on your income having been well below the poverty line for 2012.
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