Getting Into College: FAFSA

Friday, February 14, 2014

With college application deadlines behind us, families now need to turn to the financial aid process. Jacques Steinberg, senior vice president of Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization, and author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College (Penguin, 2003). Steinberg explains what you need to know about FAFSA and takes your questions.



Jacques Steinberg

Comments [9]

Jane Klemmer

With all due respect to Jacques Steinberg, I would like to correct or clarify two things that he said. Financial aid deadlines are school specific, not determined by state. It is important to check individual financial aid pages on college websites to ensure that students meet these. Some are as early as Feb. 1 which of course, has passed. Secondly and for families with a divorce situation, Mr. Steinberg only gave half the answer. For colleges that also require the CSS/Profile form to allocate their institutional aid, the parental requirements are very different. Both the custodial (parent with whom the child lives) and the non-custodial parent (the other biological or adoptive parent)must complete the form.

Jane Klemmer
Klemmer Educational Consulting, LLC

Feb. 14 2014 12:00 PM
frances from Brooklyn

Very helpful and informative. Your guest came across as totally trustworthy and very knowledgeable, as well as very reassuringly! I'm forwarding the website to a couple whose daughter graduates this year and is a brilliant A student with an upbeat attitude any college would be lucky to have but who have practically no money to help out with.

Feb. 14 2014 11:58 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Mr. Bad from NYC - Agreed. Pesca sounds like "Kool-Aid Man" on steroids.

Feb. 14 2014 11:49 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I pity the child whose parents cannot fill out the FAFSA... talk about a made up topic.

Feb. 14 2014 11:41 AM
Andrea from Rockland

On the FAFSA website you can get an idea about how it works from the FAFSA Forecaster.

Feb. 14 2014 11:40 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ ben from noho

I know, right? Still, anyone is better than Pesca.

Feb. 14 2014 11:39 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

I advise that you portray yourself as a member of some minority (or pretend to be one like Elizabeth Warren) and make sure that the admissions/financial aid committee is aware of it.

Feb. 14 2014 11:38 AM

I can't find Steinberg's column on Schoolbook. Can somebody give me the exact URL?

Feb. 14 2014 11:36 AM
ben from noho

Brian please find someone else to sub for you

Feb. 14 2014 11:32 AM

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