Got someone in your family heading to college? Now is the time to file for financial aid. Even if you think your family makes too much, you may still qualify. There's free help to get it done now.

Sandra Harris

I have filed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for 8 years for my two sons.  Each year, it became easier.  The form continues to be streamlined. I've learned a number of things over the years. To maximize the amount received for financial aid, file as soon as possible. You can begin filing on January 1st. I usually filed within that first week. Don't delay or wait for deadlines. Don't assume that your income is too high to qualify.  Jessica Whittier with FAME (Finance Authority of Maine)  joined me in the 94.9 HOM studio to talk about the FAFSA, help in filing, finding free scholarship information and more tips. FAME offers free help over the phone, internet and in person session. Listen here:

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