Electronic Filing for Student Aid
Filing for federal financial aid just became a whole lot easier with the Department of Education's recent introduction of an electronic filing procedure. "FAFSA Express" is a free, Windows-based computer program with easy-to-follow screens that resemble the paper version of the 1997-98 "Free Application for Federal Student Aid". Help screens and a list of what is needed for the application are followed by a series of simple questions, which lead the user through the filing process.FAFSA Express users enjoy the benefits of electronic filing, such as eliminating delays from mailing and ensuring a faster receipt of an official "Expected Family Contribution" from the Department of Education. The software also speeds up the application process by automatically checking the accuracy of data and flagging possible mistakes, resulting in fewer rejected applications. "FAFSA Express" can be downloaded free of charge in just minutes from the World Wide Web at www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/express.html. Schools the student lists on the application will receive the data within 72 hours. Shortly thereafter, the user will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) summarizing the application data.