The Free Application for Federal Student Aid may be a mere six pages, but it still offers college-bound students plenty of opportunities to trip up.
Filing the FAFSA should be easier this year. Families were able to submit their paperwork as early as October 1, using data from their 2015 tax returns. They can use the IRS Retrieval Tool to automatically transfer return data into their FAFSA.
Previously, the start date was three months later, on Jan. 1, a timeline that had early-filing families estimating data on student aid forms as they waited for W-2s, 1099s and other year-end tax return documents.