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    Five Reasons to Fill Out the FAFSA

    Need money for college? Filling out the FAFSA is the first step toward getting financial aid.

    Filling out a government form is not my idea of a good time. But if that form means the difference between going to college and not going to college, I'd say it's well worth the effort.

    If you will be attending college between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, you should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is the first step toward getting financial aid for college, a career or technical school, or graduate school. Here are five reasons you should fill out the FAFSA:

    1. It’s Free

    2. College is Expensive

    3. It’s Easier Than Ever

    4. It Takes Less Than 30 Minutes

    5. Don’t Leave Money on the Table