Have you been dragging your feet about filling out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)? Do not delay! Schools want the information since they need it to offer you financial aid. Financial Aid consists of grants and scholarships (free money), federal and state aid/loans, and the opportunity to receive work-study employment opportunities (money). The FAFSA wants your and your parent’s 2013 tax information, but if you haven’t filed your 2013 tax returns yet, you can estimate, based on last year’s numbers, for now, and then update your forms once the 2013 taxes are processed. Without the information in the FAFSA, the colleges you applied to cannot offer you any reliable financial aid information.