Here is what we recommend for those of you planning to do missionary work (religious, peace corps, etc.) and also pursue a higher education…
What we recommend: Missionaries should file the FAFSA the spring of your senior year of high school even if you are planning to go on a mission right after you graduate.
Why we recommend it: Filing the FAFSA as a senior makes the renewal process much easier when you come home from your mission. If you have time to fit a semester of college in before you leave for your mission, you may be eligible for financial aid. If your plans change suddenly (for example, due to an unexpected injury) you will be ready to attend college. If for some reason you cannot leave on time, you will have something better to do than sit around and stare at the ceiling.
Do you need help completing and submitting your FAFSA? We’re here to help!