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My End of Year Doctoral Horror Story

  Hey guys! Ms. Duggan is back! I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but as you know I was working in Italy as a mental health clinician on an archaeological dig site. Don’t worry you will get ALL the details later. I’m finally back at work and getting back to my normal busy life and things are going well so far. But around the time I got back into the swing of things I had a major doctoral catastrophe! (Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “My Doctoral Horror Story” where I am looking at the camera with a terrified look.) While I was away, I was still enrolled in two courses that had been going pretty well. I actually finished one while I was in Italy and received an A in the course.   The other course had one last assignment due that I planned to finish once I got back to the states. However, to my surprise it was due while I was in Italy and I was totally not prepared to finish it. (Figure 2: This is a photo of Ms. Jay, an African American male fashion

2021 FAFSA Tips!

 

So I recently completed my FAFSA and per usual it took less thank fifteen minutes. This got me to thinking on a few helpful tips for those completing the FAFSA for the first time or those who were resubmitting like myself. I know FAFSA can be stressful for some and a breeze for others so these tips will serve both sides of the coin.


Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video on “2021 FAFSA Tips” where I am looking at the camera while seated in my office smiling in a black top.

Use a Desktop or Laptop: Yes, you can complete FAFSA on your phone however when completing important documents using the largest screen possible is a must so that you don’t miss out on any important lines or other information. Head over to the Financial Aid office to use their desktop computers and get assistance if you don’t have one.

Use the Transfer Feature: This feature allows you to transfer all of last year’s information to your new application. You can also transfer over yours or your parents IRS information directly into the application, which saves a load of time!


Figure 2: This is a photo of a blue notebook with the words “FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid “in yellow lettering next to a keyboard. 

Is Your Information Up To Date? After using the transfer tool be sure that all of your information is correct and up to date. I recommend going line by line to double check everything.

Don’t Assume You Can’t Apply! The answer will always be no if you don’t ask! I am a graduate student and have received a ton of free money since starting my doctoral program. The funds are out there folks!

To Be Early Is To Be On Time: The early bird gets the most money in this case guys. The priority deadline is in February 2022 however; your university may have other deadlines in place. If you need to use your parent’s tax information stay on top of them until this gets finished! Don’t get discouraged or give up!

 

Figure 3: This is a picture of a gold clock.

Have you completed your FAFSA? Are you running into issues?  Drop down in the comments and let me know! Be sure to check out my latest video below!

 

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