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  •  If you have a very simple tax situation and (3+ / 0-)
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    employers send out W-2s promptly, the FAFSA by itself would not be too bad.  However, I did not receive all my W-2 information and other information that I needed promptly, and my tax situation is not simple.  My wife works for the federal government, and I don't know how far I would get if I complained that her employer didn't send out the W-2 as soon as they should have.  I also needed information about my mortgage that arrived rather late.  

    The CSS/Financial Aid Profile is a bit more complicated if you can't write $0 for every item, and it required me to gather information that was not so easy to access.

    Many universities require that parents submit a signed copy of the 1040 form, copies of W-2 forms, and other financial documents.  I don't like sending that information in financial aid offices, since I don't know that it won't fall into the wrong hands.  

    •  I always made an appointment with my College's (0+ / 0-)

      Financial Aid Office and they helped me fill out my FAFSA.

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      by rebel ga on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 12:25:07 PM PDT

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      •  Getting help from a Financial Aid Office (0+ / 0-)

        is not practical in my case.  My daughter has not started at the college, and it is located far from my home.  

        Again, one of my concerns is that people with really limited resources will find the application process to be a serious obstacle.  Probably for many poor people, it is not practical to visit the college for help.

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