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Jon Semcer Points0
Completing the FASFA requires your completed income tax for last year --- remember the FAFSA can not be filed before January 1st.if you want to use the previous years data it is OK because you will have an opportunity to revise your application. Filing on line is the way to go. The process will take you about 90 minutes. Be sure to answer every question ( some can be answered with does not apply).There are about 168 questions, but aware that these questions cover families who own farms, ranches,own more than one home, have vacation homes, are divorced  or have a partner who passed away. So, do not be concerned about the number of questions. Please sure to get a pin for you and your child. Take your time and it is really painless. Having your CPA , I believe , helping you is not required or necessary. A good  idea is to review the form first before beginning . Become familiar with what is required.  Be calm and carry on.
Lawrence Q. Alexander Points0

Having your CPA file your FAFSA is like having your pediatrician treat your knee pain; right profession, wrong expertise. When possible, I recommend that you work with a college admissions professional as they understand the financial aid questions within the context of the higher education and funding landscape. For instance, the FAFSA added an extra security measure to eliminate students having to enter their private information every time they log in. It's called an FSA ID. This is just one example of something a college admissions expert would be familiar with and not your CPA. I'd be glad to walk you through the forms. Happy Financial Aid Hunting!

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