FAFSA Corrections, IDOCs And OCA’s (Other Confusing Acronyms)

We’re *ss-deep in FAFSAs and CSS Profiles around here but I wanted to issue a public service announcement to clients and non-clients alike.

FAFSA “Corrections:”  Financial aid applicants can receive notices of “correction” for many reasons.  One of the most annoying/misleading occurs when you apply to more than 10 schools.

Listen up, hear me now and believe me later:  FAFSA takes 10 colleges in one “batch.”  If you have 12 colleges on your list, the procedure should be to file the first 10, then wait two-three days for FAFSA to process.  THEN, go back into FAFSA, delete two colleges, ADD the missing two and resend.

Bam!

This addition is a “correction” in FAFSA speak, nothing more.  Remain calm.

CSS Profile IDOC: Here’s what’s up with IDOC.  After you file a CSS Profile, you will likely receive a notice from the good folks at the College Board that they need your tax returns, W-2’s, etc.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE – use IDOC to upload your info, follow the directions, they’re easy and not a scam either 🙂

Bonus “Fun” 

Don’t wait until the last minute to file anything.  There have been issues with the CSS Profile website, seemingly due to high volume and, I suspect, a hasty redesign of their site for this season.  Here’s a comforting “Alert” that Pearl’s been seeing intermittently for the last few days when she attempts to file our clients’ CSS Profiles:

If you’re interested in our help with your financial aid forms, here’s where to go:

Financial Aid Warrior Forms Prep Service

We are not accepting November 1 deadlines, fyi – just sayin’ 🙂

Speak soon,

– Andy “Financial Aid Scoop” Lockwood

P.S. If you have questions about our forms prep or other services, email us at vip@andylockwood.com or call 516-882-5464

Pearl and Andy Lockwood host The College Success for Less Show and are attorneys-turned "late stage" college finance consultants. They coach select college-bound teens on the process of choosing and getting into top colleges that will prepare them for success post-college, and they help "Forgotten Middle Class" obtain tuition discounts of 49.1% or more, even if they think they cannot qualify for anything.

Andy wrote three #1 Best Selling books, "How to Pay 'Wholesale' for College," on financial aid strategies, "The Incomparable Applicant," on admissions tips and tactics and "College Essay Insider Secrets," on how to write a killer college essay.

Pearl, a former prosecutor in Queens County, NY, received her B.S. from Cornell University. Andy received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (where he was a member of (not "played for") the basketball team). They each received a J.D. from St. John's University Law School, where they met on the first day. Awwwww.

More information about their college admissions and financial aid planning service is available at www.CollegePlanningGuru.com.