Do you have friends or family members in college or who recently graduated? Talk to them and find out what the college experience was like. They may be able to help you with the nitty gritty stuff. Why let yourself become overwhelmed with all the forms and deadlines? Have someone who has done it before show you how to fill the FAFSA out, how to keep things organized and get through the whole process.
There are tons of guides out there in the form of books, magazines, the Internet and more. These are great resources because they are presented to you by people who have been through what you are now experiencing. The more resources you check out before starting the financial aid process, the more prepared you will be when the time comes. Another person's personal experience can teach you a lot. Once you are ready to fill out those forms and attend the school of your choice you will be happy you took the time to use all these guides.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|