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EIU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Common mistakes made on the FAFSA

  1. Leaving items blank on the FAFSA. Nothing should be left blank. If the appropriate response is zero then enter zero.
    1. If you do not know what to enter for a certain field, please contact our office for assistance
  2. Always include household size and number in college.
  3. Make sure that Eastern Illinois University (001674) is listed as the first school of choice.
  4. Make sure the correct grade classification is listed, according to cumulative credit hours from all institutions attended, at the start of the academic year.
  5. To receive full consideration for all financial aid programs, you should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1.

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Contact Information

Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student Services Building East Wing
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6405
Fax: (217) 581-6422

Office Hours

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F

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