How to Fill Out the FAFSA + Common Mistakes

Two weeks ago, we did an introductory post on the 2019-2020 FAFSA, which you can view here.

Here’s another video, which outlines the steps of filling out the FAFSA:

(Federal Student Aid, 2016)

Below are some common mistakes that are made on the FAFSA:

  • Waiting until close to the deadline to fill out the FAFSA: The sooner you fill it out, the better (Callahan, 2018)!
  • Not using your personal FSA ID: It’s important to remember that you and your parents’ login information/FSA IDs are not the same (Callahan, 2018).
  • Signing the FAFSA electronically: It’s easy to do, but also easy to forget! Make sure to sign your online application when you reach the “Sign and Submit” step (Callahan, 2018).

To read about all 11 Common FAFSA Mistakes, click here.


Callahan, N. (2018, September 18). 11 Common FAFSA Mistakes. Retrieved October 26, 2018, from Homeroom: The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education:

Federal Student Aid. (2016, September 30). How to Fill Out the FAFSA.

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