beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

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englawyer
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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby englawyer » Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:14 pm

CordeliusX wrote:
jl2032 wrote:You don't need parents' info for FAFSA, but you need it for Need Access and the individual forms for each school (if they have these).

For both you and your parents, Need Access asks if you're basing your numbers on completed 2009 tax forms or if you're estimating for 2009.

I've missed the deadline for Vandy. I was bugging my parents forever to get their docs together and they just finished it now. :(


In a word or two, how tough and long is Need Access? I am frightened of filling it out :oops: I plan to do FAFSA this week or so. I assume once you complete Need Access, it goes straight to the schools. (ie it doesn't reach them weeks later, hence late)


hard, unless you happen to know the exact car payments of your parents, the make and model of their vehicles, and other such mundane details by heart.

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby eagles111 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:19 pm

WTF? Need Access wants me to estimate my income and expenses for 2010? I have no idea. I started a new job in december so last year's #s are not helpful. I might work here through the summer or I might move, depending on where I go to law school. I might work part time in the fall or I might not. 3mos full time work and 4 mos part time work (at an unknown rate of pay) make a big difference. My estimate will likely be off by 1000's of dollars. if i'm way off do they care?

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby englawyer » Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:03 pm

eagles111 wrote:WTF? Need Access wants me to estimate my income and expenses for 2010? I have no idea. I started a new job in december so last year's #s are not helpful. I might work here through the summer or I might move, depending on where I go to law school. I might work part time in the fall or I might not. 3mos full time work and 4 mos part time work (at an unknown rate of pay) make a big difference. My estimate will likely be off by 1000's of dollars. if i'm way off do they care?


my estimates were also bad..i think they mostly want ballpark estimates.

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby nyyankees » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:03 pm

where on the FAFSA can i put my outstanding student loans? Or is that in NeedAccess? And where is are the Need Access forms? or does that happen after?

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby englawyer » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:06 pm

outstanding loans are part of either the institutional financial aid app or needaccess (forgot which).

need access can be found here:

http://www.needaccess.org/

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby daesonesb » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:49 pm

AH!
Every time I try to start fafsa 2010-2011, it sends me to the 2009-2010 form, and starts asking me questions about my plans to start school in sept. 2009. This is annoying, am I just doing something wrong?

EDIT: after re-opening and checking the 2010-2011 box literally TEN times, it let me start a 2010 fafsa. I can see why most people dont finish filling out this god damn thing.

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby astro1819 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:04 am

how important are the priority deadlines? I won't be receiving all my tax information until the first week of march, and having my parents figure out their information for the needaccess application may take weeks...

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby CordeliusX » Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:32 pm

MSPeast wrote:Three general Need Access questions.

1. How does listing schools work for Need Access? Specifically, I have four schools that I have to send it to as soon as I'm done with it, but one (Michigan) that says not to submit it until after I get an admissions decision. Is it easy to add additional schools after the fact?

2. About how long does the whole thing take? Can you save your work and go back to it?

3. Above, someone said that they want to know your income and expenses estimate for 2010 - do they really mean the whole year or are we basically going up until August or whenever we quit our jobs and start law school?


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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby ToadGoDead » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:02 am

needaccess seems like a huge pain in the ass, why is it needed in addition to FAFSA ?

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby catharsis » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:06 am

sorry, i feel like such an idiot for asking this but do we have to fill out needaccess for every school? i still dont even know what that is :oops: all i did was fill out the fafsa and send it off to schools..

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby agentzer0 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:08 am

read this for all fin-aid related questions

http://www.top-law-schools.com/funding- ... ation.html

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby catharsis » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:03 pm

^ thank you that link was extremely helpful!

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby CordeliusX » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:26 pm

agentzer0 wrote:read this for all fin-aid related questions

http://www.top-law-schools.com/funding- ... ation.html


Thanks. One thing - it says 4 weeks for FAFSA processing. I've been told it's more like 4 days :? :?:

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Re: beginners' FAFSA and need access questions

Postby agentzer0 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:28 pm

CordeliusX wrote:
agentzer0 wrote:read this for all fin-aid related questions

http://www.top-law-schools.com/funding- ... ation.html


Thanks. One thing - it says 4 weeks for FAFSA processing. I've been told it's more like 4 days :? :?:


yeah it shouldn't take anywhere near 4 weeks. that's just the FAFSA official line (give themselves plenty of time) 4 days is a much more realistic scenario




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