FASFA: The Struggle is Real

Hayden Reeves

You’ve been holding it off for weeks. You’ve seen the yard signs about it around campus. The dreaded FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the epitome of many student’s demises. Sweating bullets and petty arguments define the time spent trying to get simple information out of your parents or work the website properly.


For those who felt like this was an individual problem, you’re not alone. Nearly every student struggles while filling out the FAFSA. The issues especially rise with most people filling out FAFSA being away from home it is difficult to get vital information to continue the application process. I couldn’t tell you the amount of times I had to ask what my dad’s parental login was in order for me to continue when I first filled it out as an incoming freshman.


Although the application is supposed to be beneficial to most with the financial aspect helping thousands of students get the funding they need for college it sure does cause a burden on our mental health. Even one of my friends from high school couldn’t continue their application since their Social Security number was taken by another applicant.


One of the best ways I’ve found to make the process a little easier on my soul is by reminding myself that this is for the betterment of my education, even if the government won’t give me much in loans unless I have a kid or get married ASAP. Also, don’t hold it off to the last minute, even if you think it’ll be a simple task it can quickly turn into an arduous one when you least expect it.


Good luck out there, academic weapons, you’re going to need it.