The Student-Parent Connection: Filling Out the FAFSA

February 7, 2014 | posted by College Money Insider.

The Student-Parent Connection is a monthly feature here on College Money Insider. During the school year, we have a student and parent share their thoughts and experiences as they save up for college and go through the college application/decision process. Today’s post is by Christina Avery!

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It’s been relatively quiet on the college front. Jessica is still waiting to hear from a couple of schools, but she has been accepted to her top two choices – which is great! This month we are taking a trip to visit College of Charleston and will probably make a decision. She thinks that is where she wants to be, but that is not one of the schools we visited last year, so we are headed down to confirm her choice.

On the financial front, we have completed and submitted the FAFSA application. I was stressed about starting that because hearing from other parents it seemed as if it were going to be pure drudgery. But honestly, to me, it wasn’t too bad. We have always gotten our taxes done early, so as long as that information is handy, the FAFSA application is pretty simple. Perhaps people dislike it so much because it forces them to get the taxes done and then turn around and fill out more paperwork with some of the same information. I guess if you are used to doing your taxes later in the season it would be more annoying to be forced into it.

So, we are doing well with this process. I think within the next month Jessica’s decision will be made definitively and then I suppose it will be a new batch of paperwork…dorms, roommates, and honestly I don’t know what else. I’m sure there will be a lot to take care of once she tells a school “yes”. It’s getting more and more real for us and Jessica that she won’t be here in the fall. It is very bittersweet. I’m excited about her getting out there and experiencing new things and people, but her being gone will leave a big hole in our family. I am sure it is going to take a lot of getting used to – for my husband and I as well as her brother and sister.