Though clearly consisting of five letters, the FAFSA, for some people, is a four-letter word. The financial aid application has an intimidating reputation, and many families dread completing it. The good news is that the FAFSA has been simplified quite a bit in recent years, with helpful skip-logic imbedded in the online version of the form. These days, most families are able to undergo the FAFSA completion process with little difficulty. Still, there are some common mistakes that families often make when filing the FAFSA. Take care to avoid the missteps below, and you’ll be well on your way to a smooth financial aid application process.