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Yes! Even though you may believe that you will not qualify for financial aid well, it never hurts to try. You may be surprised and find out that you actually do qualify but if not, the FAFSA still should be completed. If a student does not qualify for federal or state aid they may qualify for institutional aid but generally, that is distributed after a college see the results of a FAFSA submission so yes, apply regardless!

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Janice Kirn-Sottilaro
John Points120
It depends specifically why you think you know you won't qualify... but, as a general rule, a US student whose family makes under $200,000 in income per year should almost always fill out the FAFSA, in case institutional aid might be a possibility. The more competitive the college, and the more people your family has in postsecondary studies at the same time, the greater the chance that you might qualify for some aid despite relatively high income.
Absolutely! Even if you do not qualify for federal student aid, your student may be eligible for other college/university academic/merit scholarships. Your FAFSA information may be required in order to get the scholarships offered by the institution. Just a reminder, the FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid--be sure to file it at fafsa.ed.gov after January 1st of your student's senior year of high school Best of Luck!

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