Is your information safe with FAFSA?
As a parent, you want the best for your child and that includes helping them pay for college. But filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem daunting, especially when it comes to sharing personal information. Don't let worries about privacy stop you from helping your child pay for college. Filling out the FAFSA is a crucial step in securing their future.
Two facts about FAFSA that may put your mind at ease:
First, FAFSA uses top-notch encryption technology to scramble your information, making it unreadable to anyone who might try to intercept it. This means that your information is protected from cyber threats.
Second, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) only shares your information with the schools you list on the FAFSA, the state agencies of those schools, and your state of residence. While ED may also send your information to other federal agencies, it is only to verify your eligibility for financial aid, collect loans, and prevent fraud.
So why complete the FAFSA?
It is a vital step in helping your child pay for college. Last year, about 3.75 billion in available Pell Grants were left unused because FAFSA went uncompleted. (National College Attainment Network).
3.75 BILLION in unused Pell Grants - Pell Grants do NOT have to be paid back.
So, take a deep breath and get ready to fill out the FAFSA – your child's future is worth it! Here is a link so you can get started today: https://studentaid.gov