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There was one poster on the Paying for College board last year who told of their kid's merit scholarship credit disappearing off the tuition statement suddenly. When they looked into it, they were told it was because they never filed a FAFSA. Scrambling, they got the FAFSA in in time for the credit to be applied.

Could be a new trend, don't know, but it is one I am sure not going to buck.

Neither DD's nor DS's school require a FAFSA for merit-based aid. I realize that some do, but all it takes is a phone call to your child's school to find out, although I'd probably want it in writing.

Just because some schools want the FAFSA for all aid does not mean that all schools want it for any type of aid. And even then, the school only requires it if you are getting any kind of aid. If you get none, you don't need to fill it out. Best to be informed, but the fact remains that all schools do not require a FAFSA of every student, but some schools require a FAFSA to be considered for any aid whether that is merit or need-based. But that's different than the statement that started this discussion.
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