Once again, thanks for all the interesting comments — thanks for being educators. Please remember we are all about every student getting the best education possible.
Q: I will be 24 this summer and want to return to college. I’ve been told I can get more financial aid at that point. Should I wait to fill out the FAFSA after my birthday?
— Kaleigh, of Norman
Good for you. We applaud your efforts. A college education is never a bad thing. At the age of 24, students who are independent — meaning they are not claimed on parents’ income taxes or living with them — are eligible to file a FAFSA independently without providing parental financial information.
Depending on your income, you will be eligible for more financial aid once you turn 24. You can go ahead and register on the fafsa.gov site with a username and password, then have your tax return available to use once you celebrate your birthday.
It’s best to declare a major rather than staying undecided because the individual college programs also will offer scholarship money. List any schools on your form you’d be interested in attending. Good luck to you.
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