The Inside Track to College Cash

An entrepreneur who snagged $90,000 in aid shares insights and practical tips about the best ways to boost your educational war chest

An important deadline is fast approaching for students who apply for college financial assistance using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. From Jan. 31 through the middle of February, most colleges will hand out their FAFSA award packages for the 2005-2006 academic year, says Ben Kaplan, 26, founder of . "Those who submit these forms later find that the financial resources have dried up," says Kaplan. The sooner students get in applications, the better their chances are to receive more money.

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