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Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

Federal Financial Aid and the Independent Student

"I am a college sophomore and I pay for school myself. For the last two years, I have used my parents' tax information on the FAFSA. Since I pay for school ...

By Mike Pugh
Published March 18, 2014
10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

Avoid frustration with the FAFSA by being prepared.

Published December 3, 2015
How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24?

How Do I Become Independent on the FAFSA If I Am Under Age 24?

If my son applies for public assistance and does his own financial aid, will he be able to apply as independent next year? In addition, (assuming he's able to) would I ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published April 17, 2011
Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

Income and Financial Aid Eligibility

In general, with the student not working and in a home with mom and dad both working, what is the maximum income they can earn and still qualify for financial aid? ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 22, 2009
Should I Claim Scholarships & Other Awards on My Taxes?

Should I Claim Scholarships & Other Awards on My Taxes?

Your scholarship may be taxable - discover how to report your scholarships on your taxes.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 18, 2015
Students Lose Financial Aid for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students Lose Financial Aid for Failure to Make Satisfactory Academic Progress

I have been attending college for some time now. Ever since my mom passed away I have been really shaking with some of my classes. Last semester I did decent: I ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 29, 2011
31 Money Saving Tricks for Students

31 Money Saving Tricks for Students

Keep in mind that the key to financial success is being aware of how you’re spending your money and cutting out the bad habits.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published July 31, 2015
Summer Melt: The Financial Aid Secret that Can Earn You Big Bucks

Summer Melt: The Financial Aid Secret that Can Earn You Big Bucks

Take advantage of the summer melt and score more money for college!

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published June 9, 2015
Dropping Out Means Paying Back Financial Aid

Dropping Out Means Paying Back Financial Aid

As if there weren't enough reasons not to drop out of school, the Department of Education has provided yet another. Students who drop out of college are required to pay back ...

By Michael Pugh
Published January 4, 2013
What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

It's time to fill out the mother of all financial aid forms: the FAFSA. Don't worry, it's easier than you think! Before you sit down to complete the form, make sure ...

Published November 15, 2015
Student Aid and Scholarships for Second Degree Students

Student Aid and Scholarships for Second Degree Students

I am thinking about going back to school to get a second bachelors degree. Because I already have a B.A. degree, it seems that I am not able to receive any ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published September 8, 2009
FAFSA Checklist

FAFSA Checklist

Trust us, if you do have the necessary information on hand, filling out the form will become much simpler.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published November 14, 2015
Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Your Financial Aid Deadlines: 2014-2015

Check your state’s specific listing to make sure you know which criteria apply!

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published February 11, 2014
Your 2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadlines

Your 2015-2016 Financial Aid Deadlines

We've got you covered with a complete list of financial aid deadlines, state-by-state, for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published January 8, 2015
How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

How Do I File the FAFSA in January When Tax Returns Can't Be Filed That Early?

Several universities that we have visited have stressed the importance of getting you FAFSA completed in January. If we don't have all of our financial and tax information yet, how can ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published January 10, 2011
President Obama Proposes Cuts in Aid Programs to Preserve Pell Grant

President Obama Proposes Cuts in Aid Programs to Preserve Pell Grant

President Obama is proposing to cut some student aid programs to maintain the maximum Pell Grant at $5,550 in 2011-12 as part of the FY2012 federal budget request. This comes after ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published February 14, 2011
How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

How to Deal if Your Parents Won't Pay

They may support you in every other way, but unfortunately, they can't always afford to pay for school.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph
Published February 25, 2015
How Do I Transfer Financial Aid from One College to Another?

How Do I Transfer Financial Aid from One College to Another?

If I change schools, how do I edit my FAFSA so the money goes to my new school? And about how long would it take for the money to transfer schools? ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published March 21, 2011
Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Programs and Scholarships to Pay Off Student Loans

Looking for a bailout? Good news! The only catch is you'll have to do some good...

Elizabeth Hoyt
Published March 3, 2014
Would Forgiving Student Loans Stimulate the Economy?

Would Forgiving Student Loans Stimulate the Economy?

Several grass-roots groups were established on Facebook in early 2009 calling for the cancellation of all student loan debt under the theory that this will stimulate the economy. Most noteworthy is ...

Mark Kantrowitz
Published August 9, 2009