This is an excellent article about the difficulty many families experience completing the much dreaded financial aid forms. Don't let the complicated nature of the FAFSA keep you from completing the form. It is the entry point for most aid. Trust me on this- go complete the form if you haven't already! http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/education/22fafsa.html?hp
For great resources and an online financial aid calculator, check out www.finaid.org .