Over the next few days or weeks, many students will be making sure they’re filing the required paperwork accurately and on time — two factors that can be just as important as the academic application itself. Upon submitting these forms, a student becomes eligible for grants, work study and federal student loans. If you miss the deadline, you might not get to attend a particular college, or graduate with thousands of dollars of student-loan debt.

Here are six last-minute tips college applicants and their parents should act on to increase their shot at financial aid.

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