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How long does the FAFSA take to fill out?

Topic: Financial Aid | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Filling out the FAFSA online is a breeze. If you have everything you need to complete the entire form in front of you when you begin, it should take you no more than 30 to 45 minutes to complete. And, you also have the option of saving your progress when filling out the form and coming back to it later with all the previous information saved. Once you complete the form online, you will receive confirmation via email when your form has been processed.

Answered by: Onlinelearningchick T. | almost 4 years ago
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The first time you fill out a FAFSA it will probably take between one and two hours to complete. They ask for a lot of information and it takes awhile to get through. One way to get through it faster is to have all the information you need ready before you sit down to do it. You can take a look at their website for requirements ahead of time, but you'll need things like your tax records and or your parents' tax records if you are a dependent. The good thing is that in later years you can complete it really quickly, probably in 15 minutes, because they save your information and most of it will be the same from year to year.

Answered by: Finaidy C. | almost 4 years ago
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Depending on the amount of money that you and your parents make, as well as any assets that you or your parents have will vary the time to fill the form out. If you have internet access, you can fill out the form and sign the form electronically, which helps you eliminate errors that you can get when filling out the form on paper. The most will take about an hour to fill out the form if you have a lot of assets or if it is your first time filing. Afterwards, it will take less then 15 minutes since most of the information was saved from the year before which you can change during each section if needed.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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FAFSA applications are usually relatively simple to fill out, and shouldn't take much time to do. The application will ask for specific financial details which may take some time to calculate, or may require tax forms from the past year. Should you find yourself without this information whilst filling out the application, simply save your work and return at a later moment to complete the application. All in all, it shouldn't take more than half an hour to complete.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | almost 4 years ago
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If you're doing it yourself, you should set aside at least an hour. Also, the language on the form can sometimes be a bit intimidating. If you've already settled on a specific college, the financial aid office can often help you with any problems you might have filling out the form.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | almost 4 years ago
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FAFSA can take very little time as long as you have your paperwork filed correctly, but you also need your parents to have their paperwork in order as well. I personally took 2 days about an hour a day to fill them out, because it was hard to compile the different information I needed, justmake sure to read through everything carefully, I also had help from my guidance counselor, don't be affraid to ask for help when it's there....for free.

Answered by: Jon H. | almost 4 years ago
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The FAFSA will take anywhere from half an hour to hour or more. Make sure you have all the documents required (you can view them at the FAFSA website to find out what you'll need before you actually start). If you have all the documents it shouldn't take too long. Also, while filling it out, be with your parents so that any information you need from them is promptly available. Lastly, you and your parents should create your pins (it's a password which also verifies your social security number to show FAFSA it is indeed you putting the information in) before you start. If you do all this, the FAFSA should take only a half hour. Also, the FAFSA can be corrected, provided submit it before it is due, so do not worry about tiny mistakes.

Answered by: Mayell U. | almost 4 years ago
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It depends on how complicated your situation is. Plan on at least a few hours. It will go faster if you have your paperwork (like last year's taxes) assembled before you start.

Answered by: Larua46 L. | almost 4 years ago
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The FAFSA is not that long. I know people think it's such a hassle and all but it'll only take up a bit of your time. In the beginning, before you start, be sure to read what documents and such you'll need in order to fill it out. Once you have your documents, it should just be straightforward and filling out your tax information from last year and such. It's not as difficult as people put it and it doesn't take hours to fill out.

Answered by: Sea Whale H. | almost 4 years ago
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If you have all your info and your parents info, it will be quick. It should take anymore than 30 mins to an hour. It takes awhile for them to review it. Once they review you can make corrections if nedded. Its a very useful to fill out a FAFSA. Its also important to fill it out as soon as you can.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | almost 4 years ago
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The FAFSA takes a few hours to fill out and is extremely frustrating! Beware! There's a lot of information to read through and you have to fill out everything really carefully. If you mess up on any number such as taxes or social security number, your FAFSA will not go through.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | almost 4 years ago
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First you need to get a pin # for the parent and the student, each. Then you have to create passwords. For me, it got pretty confusing because it kept having me try to create a new password. However, I put in the password that I chose and it finally worked (you will see what I mean when you do this...it is aggravating). I worked on FAFSA a couple of hours. I do have to say that I was afraid to send it because I was estimating my tax info and I wanted to make sure that this was ok. I plan on spending approx 1/2 hour this w/e finalizing everything and sending it out to the schools. Now, I have to modify the Profile. I needed to do it for one school in Oct. Now, that I have more info on my income, I need to make changes.

Answered by: Venom01 F. | almost 4 years ago
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Not too long. It will generally take around 30 minutes to fill out FAFSA, assuming you have a good Internet connection. It's well worth it, even if it takes an hour. If it means you can get free money for school, then it would be worth it even if it took 5 hours to fill out! Take your time and make sure you get everything right so you don't have problems afterwards.

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | over 3 years ago
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It is a lengthy application, but you can shorten your time by being prepared for it. The biggest thing you are going to need income tax information for the student and both parents. You will also need to report average costs of living. So the best thing to do is have all of the information in front of you before starting the FAFSA, and that should save you some time.

Answered by: Cocky0 P. | over 3 years ago
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It used to take about an hour but they have actually gotten a lot better. To prepare yourself and shorten the time it takes, prepare yourself. Have your tax documents handy, as well as your driver's license number if you haven't memorized it. You'll also need to apply for a pin if you plan to file it electronically. You can get this by following the link that they give you. It used to take a few days but now you can get it instantly. You will use it to sign the form online. If you have everything you need, it shouldn't take you longer than about 20 or 30 minutes. Then the fun part comes, the waiting.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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Depending on if you have all the financial/tax information handy, the FAFSA usually takes about an hour or two.

Answered by: Beentheredonedat J. | almost 4 years ago
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It used to take about an hour but they have actually gotten a lot better. To prepare yourself and shorten the time it takes, prepare yourself. Have your tax documents handy, as well as your driver's license number if you haven't memorized it. You'll also need to apply for a pin if you plan to file it electronically. You can get this by following the link that they give you. It used to take a few days but now you can get it instantly. You will use it to sign the form online. If you have everything you need, it shouldn't take you longer than about 20 or 30 minutes. Then the fun part comes, the waiting.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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The FAFSA can be very confusing, so it is best to start early. It is recommended that you fill this out with a parent. Some of the questions may be unknown to you. You can also call your university to ask for help. They should know how to help you.

Answered by: Allgrw P. | almost 4 years ago
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You can get it done in a few hours if you have all your financial info right at your side. First you need to get a pin number for the parent and the student, each. Then you have to create passwords. Make sure you have all your tax information, as that can take a while and might get confusing. Good luck!

Answered by: Christie18 L. | almost 4 years ago
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Depends on how you fill it out. If you fill it out by pencil and paper, it could take 1-3 hours. If you fill it out online, it would probably take 30 mins to and hour, depending how if you have all the paper work needed to fill it out.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | almost 4 years ago
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A FAFSA doesn't take too long to fill out. It will probably take 30 minutes maximum. Make sure you have recent tax returns ready!

Answered by: Iamerica N. | almost 4 years ago
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This depends on whether or not you have all the necessary information at hand. If you start the FAFSA and stop when it comes to the parts where you need certain documentation to be able to fill in the blank, such as tax forms, you may end up waiting for a couple of months. You may also experience a delay in getting your parent or guardian's signature which is usually mandatory as well as waiting for the PIN number you will need to receive by mail. However, if you have all the forms you need and you have your PIN, and your parents have their PIN, it can take anywhere from 10-15 minutes.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | almost 4 years ago
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Not as long as many people think. It is best to give the FAFSA to your parent to complete. They are the ones with all the financial information readily available. If the student attempts to complete it it will take longer because they do not have all the information. Also the FAFSA is not a one time thing. You must complete it every January until you graduate college.

Answered by: Hamandcheese L. | almost 4 years ago
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It used to take literally a few hours to fill out. Now it only takes about 20 or 30 minutes at the most. Just make sure that you have all of your information in hand and you should be fine. They have a list at the official site but you'll need your tax forms for sure. If you do it online, it saves more time.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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The FAFSA takes about 30 minutes on average. The reason it takes so long is because you will need to look for information on things such as tax papers and whatnot. Not only that, you need some of your parents' information.

Answered by: Greg I. | almost 4 years ago
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It took me several hours to fill out. Make sure you have everything ready to go. That can help reduce the time you spend filling it out.

Answered by: Pat A. | almost 4 years ago
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The FAFSA takes a few hours to fill out and is extremely frustrating! Beware! There's a lot of information to read through and you have to fill out everything really carefully. If you mess up on any number such as taxes or social security number, your FAFSA will not go through.

Answered by: Ginger Tea K. | almost 4 years ago
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Depending on the amount of financial that you have it could take up to an hour to complete the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, which means you still live with your parents (which a lot of new college students are) then you will need to have your parents information and financial to fill out the FAFSA. If you have the internet, they have the forms online were you can fill it out and not have to worry about making a mistake.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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It doesn't take very long- maybe about 20-30 minutes to complete. I would go on the FAFSA website first and view the list of documents that you need to fill out the form. Then collect all of the needed materials and have them in front of you when you do start to fill it out. You will spend less time on the application this way.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | almost 4 years ago
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It used to take literally a few hours to fill out. Now it only takes about 20 or 30 minutes at the most. Just make sure that you have all of your information in hand and you should be fine. They have a list at the official site but you'll need your tax forms for sure. If you do it online, it saves more time.

Answered by: Jen B. | almost 4 years ago
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The FAFSA takes about 30 minutes on average. The reason it takes so long is because you will need to look for information on things such as tax papers and whatnot. Not only that, you need some of your parents' information.

Answered by: Greg I. | almost 4 years ago
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It took me several hours to fill out. Make sure you have everything ready to go. That can help reduce the time you spend filling it out.

Answered by: Pat A. | almost 4 years ago
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Depending on the amount of financial that you have it could take up to an hour to complete the FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, which means you still live with your parents (which a lot of new college students are) then you will need to have your parents information and financial to fill out the FAFSA. If you have the internet, they have the forms online were you can fill it out and not have to worry about making a mistake.

Answered by: All Incorp O. | almost 4 years ago
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It doesn't take very long- maybe about 20-30 minutes to complete. I would go on the FAFSA website first and view the list of documents that you need to fill out the form. Then collect all of the needed materials and have them in front of you when you do start to fill it out. You will spend less time on the application this way.

Answered by: Brittanycalla X. | almost 4 years ago
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In my opinion it takes more than 10 mins because it asks about ourselves, financial information, school plans and many more. All these were necessary to receive Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every school year.

Answered by: Optional D. | almost 4 years ago
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If you have all your paperwork together, it generally only takes about 10-15 minutes to fill out.

Answered by: Dwhijte W. | almost 4 years ago
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